November 25, 2014 | Singapore
Guest of honor Major General Ng Chee Khern welcomed dignitaries from South Korea, Australia, Japan and the United States at the launching ceremony for the inaugural Maritime RobotX Challenge. Afterwards, 15 student teams representing major universities in the United States, Singapore, Australia, Japan, and South Korea competed in Marina Bay Singapore for $100,000 in cash prizes. MIT-Olin took the first place finish followed by Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST), Queensland University of Technology, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, National University of Singapore and Osaka University.
Teams scored points by completing a series of tasks to demonstrate navigation and control; obstacle detection and avoidance; docking and target identification; underwater search for an acoustic source; observation, identification and reporting of a specified target. All 15 teams were outfitted with Wave Adaptive Modular Vessels (WAM-V®) for the competition. The WAM-V platform, designed and manufactured by Marine Advanced Research, Inc. in Richmond, CA, is an ultra capable inflatable catamaran. “The selection of the WAM-V as the sole platform for this robotic competition confirms once again how these vessels are perfectly suited for unmanned operations,” says Ugo Conti, CTO of the company. “The elevated, stable central platform of the WAM-V is ideal for housing the hardware and the sensors necessary to navigate autonomously.” For more information about the Maritime RobotX Challenge please visit the website at: www.robotx.org.