Georgia Tech Savannah Robotics Team Places Seventh at the RoboBoat Competition

 SAVANNAH, Ga. (June 20, 2011) –The Georgia Tech Savannah Robotics Team (GTSR) placed seventh and received a $500 award in the 4th     International RoboBoat Competition that took place June 9 - 12, 2011 in Virginia Beach, Va.  The competition is jointly sponsored by the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems Foundation and the Office of Naval Research. The GTSR team is advised by Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Fumin Zhang. 

 The RoboBoat Competition is a student robotics challenge in which teams race autonomous surface vehicles of their own design through an aquatics obstacle course.  During this year's event, 150 students from 15 universities in the United States, Taiwan and Indonesia competed for the title of "Best RoboBoat" and $20,000 in prize money.  The robotic boats were asked to perform a series of progressively difficult tasks that simulate the types of activities that are expected of robotic craft built for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. 

   The Georgia Tech Savannah Robotics Team is comprised of graduate and undergraduate researchers who apply their knowledge to develop advanced surface and underwater remotely operated and autonomous vehicles that are  designed to assist people in solving real world problems. The diversified team from Electrical, Mechanical, and Computer Engineering provides various viewpoints and demonstrates the multi-disciplinary approach that is needed in real-world scenarios.  The team's ASV, Victoria, featured an onboard  embedded computing system and a long range wireless system, which helped them advance to the final round of competition. 

"The success of the GTSR is a result of consistent research and education efforts over the last three years on marine robotics that were established and developed on the Savannah campus," says Zhang. "With the support from GTS administrators, as well as the larger Savannah community, we would like to continue these efforts towards better competition results and more importantly, the life changing experience the students will have."

 Congratulations to the GTSR team:

  • Steven Bradshaw (ECE MS Student, Team Lead)
  • Shayok Mukhopadhyay (PhD Student)
  • Klimka Szwaykowska (PhD Student)
  • Valerie Bazie (ECE Undergrad)
  • Lisa Hicks (MATH Undergrad)
  • Sean Maxon (ECE Undergrad)
  • Will Crick (ECE Graduate)
  • Kunle Lawal (CREATE Intern)


2011 RoboBoat Award Winners:

  1. University of Rhode Island
  2. University of Central Florida
  3. Georgia Tech Aerospace Systems Lab
  4. Virginia Tech
  5. Stevens Institute of Technology
  6. Diponegoro University (Indonesia)
  7. Georgia Tech Savannah Robotics

Other Universities that participated:

  • Cedarville University (Ohio)
  • Embry Riddle
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan)
  • Old Dominion University - Little Blue
  • United States Naval Academy
  • University of Michigan
  • Villanova University

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A video gallery of the competition can be viewed at: 

Based in Washington, DC, the AUVSI Foundation is an education-oriented charity that organizes and sponsors seven annual robotic-related student competitions. The Foundation supports the goals and objectives of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world's largest and oldest trade association devoted to advancing the use of unmanned systems.

Contact Info: 

Nikki Troxclair, APR, LEED AP
Assistant Director of Campus Communications
Georgia Institute of Technology - Savannah
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Savannah, Georgia 31407
Direct: 912-966-7913
Cell: 912-313-2256