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ION Autonomous Lawnmower Competition
Basic and advanced autonomous lawn mowing
robots try to be the fastest and most accurate at
mowing a lawn while avoiding stationary and
AUVS International Ground Robotics
Oakland University, Rochester, MI
Autonomous ground robots must navigate an
outdoor obstacle course within a prescribed time
limit, while staying within a speed limit.
National Underwater Robotics Challenge
Simulated mission to another star system. Robot
probe must melt through the surface of an ice
planet, descend into the ocean below, deploy a
data bouy, and set up a nuclear powered AUV
power station, while gathering samples of any life
forms found. www.h2orobots.org
Pobot Junior Cup
Centre International de Valbonne
Events include maze solving for LEGO NXT robots
and a pick-n-place contest.
MATE ROV Competition
NASA JSC Neutral Bouyancy Lab, Houston, TX
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ROVs complete tasks related to a simulated deepwater oil spill including removal of damaged riser
pipes, well capping, and collecting water or
This year, autonomous robots compete against
each other to stack up "pawns" on a field roughly
based on a chess game.
International Autonomous Robot Contest
San Diego County Fairgrounds, San Diego, CA
Autonomous robots navigate around fixed
RoboCup Robot Soccer World Cup
All the usual robot soccer events include software
simulations, small robot soccer, legged robot
soccer, even humanoid robot vs. human soccer.
BOTBALL National Tournament
Orange County, CA
Student-built autonomous robots move black and
white balls on a game board.
University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Autonomous robot car races.
AUVS International Underwater Robotics
SSC Pacific TRANSDEC, San Diego, CA
Autonomous underwater robots must complete a
course with various requirements. The contest is
being renamed to the "International RoboSub
Competition" this year. www.auvsifoundation.