2020 RoboBoat

2020 RoboBoat


Assemble your team and design an autonomous, robotic boat to navigate and race through an aquatic obstacle course. The behaviors your Autonomous Surface Vessel (ASV), or RoboBoat will demonstrate will mimic tasks that are currently being developed for coastal surveillance, port security and other types of oceanographic operations. 

Will you take on the 13th RoboBoat competition?


  • Dates

    June 22-28, 2020

  • Location

    Reed Canal Park (lake)

    919 Reed Canal Road

    South Daytona, FL 32119

    Click here for directions

  • Eligibility

    High School, Undergraduate, Graduate

  • Cancellation Policy

    View Policy

    Last Updated: March 23, 2020


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Rules and Task Descriptions

Read through the latest Rules and Task Descriptions document for information ranging from entry rules to the competition course.

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Dorm Housing

[The Registration link will be shared closer to the event.]

Housing is available from June 19 – July 1, 2020.  Teams are welcome to stay at ERAU for any number of days within that timeframe.


NOTE – Overnight pool testing will NOT be available this year due to construction at ERAU.


Housing rate is $41.62 per night ($37.00 plus tax). 


***Registration Deadline: MONDAY, JUNE 8 (at midnight)***


Cancellations are accepted in writing (to and based on the following timeline:

30 Days Prior to Check-In = Full Refund

30 – 14 Days Prior to Check-In = 50% Refund

14 – 0 Days Prior to Check-In = No Refund


Any teams with minors will be required to complete background checks as outlined by RoboNation’s Youth Protection Policy.


Questions? E-mail Cheri Koch at or call 850-642-0536.

2020 RoboBoat Season


AGH University of Science and Technology
AGH University of Science and Technology
AGH Solar Boat

Kraków, Poland



AGH Solar Boat, team from Cracow, Poland, which built a zero-emission racing boat that uses 100% renewable solar energy and won 3rd place in the most prestigious competition in Monaco. This year they are starting their adventure also with autonomous boats.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Robotics Association at Embry-Riddle

Daytona Beach, Florida, USA

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The Robotic Association at Embry-Riddle is a team that has been competing since the start of Roboboat. This year, the Phantom II is our returning platform after great success last year.

Florida State University Panama City/Gulf Coast State College
Florida State University Panama City/Gulf Coast State College
Seminole Coast

Panama City, Florida, USA

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Seminole Coast is a returning team from Panama City. Last year they won the Best First Year Documentation award at RoboBoat 2019. They are comprised of two different universities: FSU Panama City and Gulf Coast State College.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Tech Marine Robotics

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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GT Marine Robotics is dedicated to providing an environment for learning about and developing autonomous robots which operate in aquatic environments. We compete in various marine robotics competitions involving autonomous navigation. Past competitions include RoboBoat, RoboSub, and RobotX.

Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember
Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember
Barunastra ITS RoboBoat Team

Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia

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Barunastra comes from two words; Varuna/Baruna which, according to Hindu belief, means the God of the sea and Astra meaning a weapon. Thus, Barunastra means the weapon of the sea God. Barunastra ITS Team focuses on the research of Autonomous Robots Vessels since 2012. There are 3 main divisions that play an important role in this team, Mechanics, Electro-Programming, and Official. Our core vision is developing unmanned vessels to foster the world’s maritime technology advancement.

Military Technical College
Military Technical College

Cairo, Egypt



MW in ancient Egyptian language means water. MW is a seasoned undergraduate team, based in Cairo, Egypt, representing the Military Technical College and specialized in building maritime autonomous systems, ASV and ROV. Loaded with thousands of years of ancient Egyptian legacy of ship building. Although 2019 was the first entry for MW, which was full of logistics issues, but got rewarded the rapid prototyping award. This year 2020, MW are much more into the challenge.

Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
MSc NTNU Ålesund

Aalesund, Møre og Romsdal, Norway

SRM Institute Of Science and Technology
SRM Institute Of Science and Technology

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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We are a team which works on autonomous systems. We have been working on making autonomous marine based navigation algorithms.

Tecnológico de Monterrey
Tecnológico de Monterrey

Monterrey, Nuevo León, México

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VantTec is a group of students from the Tec de Monterrey, focused on research and development of autonomous vehicles. We want to inspire generations of young people to get involved in research and development in their areas of interest from the start of their careers, and learn about national and international opportunities in academia and professional paths.

Universidad Europea
Universidad Europea
UE Robotics

Madrid, Spain


We are a group of senior engineering students at Universidad Europea de Madrid with a wide knowledge base ranging from composite fabrication to embedded software. We have participated in several nationwide competitions, and now we are ready to compete in the international stage.

Universitas Indonesia
Universitas Indonesia
Autonomous Marine Vehicle

Depok, West Java, Indonesia

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Autonomous Marine Vehicle Universitas Indonesia (AMV UI) is one of the divisions in Robotics Team Universitas Indonesia (TRUI) that develops unmanned ship technology. Starting from the creative ideas of several students in developing maritime technology and robotics in 2012, a team that has innovation spirit and huge eagerness to contribute for Indonesia was founded.

University of Colorado Boulder
University of Colorado Boulder
RoboBoat at CU

Boulder, Colorado, USA


Our team designs autonomous, robotic boats to navigate and race through an aquatic obstacle course. We are involved in our community/team to solve engineering(mechanical, electrical, computational, logistical etc.) problems.

University of Iowa
University of Iowa
Iowa Marine Autonomous Racing Club (IMARC)

Iowa City, Iowa, USA


The Iowa Marine Autonomous Racing Club (IMARC) is a multi-disciplinary club comprised of students (of all majors and skill levels), faculty, and industry partners that are working together to build an autonomous boat for entry in the Roboboat Competition. Our subgroups include the Hull and Propulsion Team, Software Team, and Hardware team. We are looking forward to making our return to the Roboboat Competition.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Ragin' Cajuns

Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

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This is the UL Lafayette team’s second year competing in RoboBoat. Our team has grown and been extended to include several graduate students, whose research is being leveraged by the team. The majority of the team members also conduct research in the CRAWLAB within the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

University of Michigan
University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

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UM::Autonomy is an award-winning undergraduate student project team from the University of Michigan. Each year we build an autonomous boat to participate in the RoboNation Roboboat competition. The boat is completely designed and programmed by students. We aim to provide students with hands-on multidisciplinary design experience in artificial intelligence, naval architecture, and electrical engineering. Each year we strive to push the physical and conceptual bounds of our autonomous vehicle.

University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez
University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez
UPRM Roboboat Team

Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

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We are a multidisciplinary team established to promote equality and diminish, and eventually eradicate, gender stereotypes to provide a more integrated team of young industrialists willing to develop a positive change in society. Our mission is to create an environment where students can develop a strategic understanding of the different engineering fields.

University of West Florida
University of West Florida
UWF Marine Unmanned Systems Team

Pensacola, Florida, USA


Our team was established in Fall of 2018 with a goal to learn more about autonomous vehicles. After looking at the different competitions available, we choose the RoboBoat competition because of it unique challenges. The team looks forward to competing in June of 2020 and hope this will become an annual event for UWF.

Find Out More

By land, sea, airspace or cyberspace there’s a place for you in RoboNation. Before we start asking complex questions, let’s start with some simple ones, like your name, email and your field of interest.

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