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) 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 2013 competition includes buoy channel navigation, deploying and controlling an amphibious vehicle, target detection, capturing a flag from another moving boat and firing a dart gun at a target. 

Recent News

  • Welcome New Members!
    We had an excellent turnout at our Mass Meetings this week and are super excited to meet all the new members this Sunday, September 22nd at 1pm in the Wilson Center! 
    It will be a fun filled day of touring the Wilson Center, learning about the boat, painting our kayak, learning our boat's computer programs and much much more :) 
    Posted Sep 20, 2013, 10:00 AM by Michigan UMA
  • Mass Meetings
    We look forward to seeing all of the new faces at Northfest on Sept. 12th! We will be having 2 Mass Meetings again this year, 

    Monday Sept 16th at 7pm in 1010 Dow

    Thursday Sept 19th at 7pm in 2211 GGBL
    Posted Sep 9, 2013, 6:48 PM by Michigan UMA
  • 4th Place
    Sorry it took so long to post the final results. We officially took 4th place in the 2013 RoboBoat competition! We all made it home safe and we are going to take a few much needed weeks off before we start preparing for next year. We would like to thank all of the RoboBoat staff and volunteers for hosting such a great competition this year, as well as the University of Michigan and our lead corporate sponsor Autoliv for providing much needed financial support, and the huge group of family, friends and fans who were there to cheer us on. GO BLUE!
    Posted Jul 16, 2013, 5:31 PM by Michigan UMA
  • Final Run
    Just finished final run. 1st attempt Eve spun in a circle and we decided to restart. 2nd attempt Eve made it halfway through the course and then ended up sideways between 2 buoys and ended up wandering away from the channel. On our final attempt Eve made it smoothly through the channel and then transitioned into Challenge Mode. Unfortunately, she chose the wrong GPS point and returned to the starting dock rather than entering the challenge cove. 

    This is pretty frustrating after all the work that we put in, but all we can do now is wait for the other teams to finish their runs. So far everything seems pretty up in the air.
    Posted Jul 14, 2013, 12:18 PM by Michigan UMA
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