UM:Autonomy is an award winning, undergraduate team from the University of Michigan.  Every year we build an autonomous boat to participate in the AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) Foundation Roboboat competition.  The boat, which is completely designed and programmed by the students, must complete a wide range of challenges that are designed to expose students to the many difficulties of autonomous operation. 

The 2015 competition included buoy channel navigation, target detection and automated docking, acoustic beacon detection, and an interoperability component. Our boat, SharkByte, performed reasonably well, acquiring 3rd place in the competition.

Recent News

  • 2015 Competition
    Upon finishing the qualifying round in 1st place, SharkByte placed 3rd in the finals. This was a big improvement upon 2014, and we hope to continue to build upon this finish for the 2016 and future competitions.

    2016 will likely see a drone component added to the competition and will be a big challenge to attack. We also look to strengthen our boat and continue to be more consistent and efficient.
    Posted Oct 27, 2015, 2:03 PM by Michigan UMA
  • 2014 Competition
    After a couple unforeseen technical failures, Hugh Jackman was only able to have one qualification run.  This run, however, was good enough to place Hugh Jackman in 8th place.  While 8th place is not the type of success we are prone to experiencing, we look forward to use what we have learned to create an even stronger, smarter, and more efficient autonomous boat next year and the years afterwards.
    Posted Aug 31, 2014, 5:11 PM by Michigan UMA
  • Static Judging
    We took 3rd place in static Judging today behind The University of Florida and Embry Riddle University. We have qualifying runs tomorrow at 8:45am and 12:30pm. Today was a good long day of testing, we were able to fit in 3 testing time slots today as well as a brief testing time in the open test area. 
    Posted Jul 11, 2014, 4:02 PM by Michigan UMA
  • Competition Update
    Hugh successfully completed the start and speed gates, as well as the obstacle field challenge. He then went to attempt the autonomous docking challenge but became confused and started spinning in place. We are currently looking into what went wrong. It just started storming so it doesn't look like we will be able to test again today. Our presentation will be at 10:45 tomorrow morning. Then more testing! 
    Posted Jul 10, 2014, 11:59 AM by Michigan UMA
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