RoboBoat 2017 Photo Gallery

The AUVSI Foundation's RoboNation and the Office of Naval Research held the 2017 International RoboBoat Competition from June 20-25 at Reed Canal Park in South Daytona, FL.  Nine university and high school student teams designed autonomous, robotic boats that navigated an obstacle course in a race against the clock. The boats replicated scaled-down tasks similar to those being developed for coastal surveillance, port security and other types of oceanographic operations. The following student teams participated:

Daytona Beach Homeschoolers                                                 
Daytona Beach Homeschoolers
Palm Coast, Florida, USA

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Floating Point
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA

Georgia Tech
Hall and Boats
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Hagerty High School
The Water Dogs
Oviedo, Florida, USA

Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember
Barunastra Roboboat ITS Team
Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia

Tecnológico de Monterrey
Monterrey, Nuevo Léon, México​

Universitas Indonesia
Autonomous Marine Vehicle UI
Depok, West Java, Indonesia

University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa, USA

University of Michigan
UM:: Autonomy
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Some boats carried quadcopters to potentially facilitate navigation.  The Tecnológico de Monterrey team did successfully fly their quadcopter autonomously as well as manually, even winning a special award for being the only team to attempt that specific challenge.  For team details, please visit:, and click on the “Teams” tab. For results details, please click on the “Rules & Resources” tab.

We thank AUVSI Florida Peninsula Chapter (FPC) director John Lambert for his generous assistance in facilitating this photo shoot. Our thanks, also, to Andrea Ansell and the staff of RoboNation,, the sponsoring organization, for providing access and assistance. Story and photos by Tom Atwood, The National Robotics Education Foundation (NREF),, and Brian Nave, Logicom, LLC,, © 2017.