An autonomous boat competition

Syros – Greece, July 12, 2023

An international university level competition, challenging teams to design and develop innovative autonomous robotics systems that can perform at sea in real world conditions. 

The main aim of this competition is to foster innovation, while strengthening ties between academic institutions and industry. Relationship building is the key. 

Topics to be judged include autonomous behavior, robotics, sensor fusion, boat design and overall innovation.

Each team will present their project to a panel of experts in the areas of systems engineering and naval architecture.

Rules are simple: team with most points wins!

The races will take place in Syros, Greece at the location of the Dept Product & Systems Design Engineering.

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More than simply a boat race;

A testing ground for innovation 

Buoy details


As shown in the diagrams above, two types of buoys will be used in the races: Large yellow ones which will be used as turning points for the speed and endurance races, and smaller orange ones that will serve as obstacles in the collision avoidance test.

A dataset of high-resolution shots of the buoys are provided so that each team can better prepare for the match:

Nautical Charts

Two high resolution images of official nautical charts of syros port and the specific area where the roboat race will take place: 

nautical chart - roboat race
nautical chart - roboat race

Competition Timeline

General Rules


Under the auspices

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Jury Board

Michail Bletsas, Director of Computing, MIT Media Lab

Gabriele Ferri, Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), La Spezia, Italy

Michele Fiorini, Leonardo 

Colin Sauze, Research Software Engineer Supercomputing Wales Project

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