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Welcome to the site of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) team competing in the 2014 Maritime RobotX Challenge. QUT has been selected as one of three teams to represent Australia at the Maritime RobotX Challenge taking place October 20-26, 2014 in Singapore. Hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the US Office of Naval Research, the challenge will see 15 teams from Australia, Singapore, South Korea, Japan and the United States unleash their robotic boats on five challenging tasks to be undertaken completely autonomously!


The Boat

The Maritime RobotX Challenge sponsors have provided all competing teams with a WAM-V USV manufactured by Marine Advanced Research Inc. The platform was supplied with no propulsion or sensors. TeamQUT fitted their platform, named Endeavour, with an electric propulsion system, and various localisation and perception sensors (Click here for details of the Endeavour ASV). To see the boat in action view our teaser video and field video, as well as the gallery below.



(Credits: Filming and editing by Riki Lamont, Music by Chris Dirkis) 


The Team

TeamQUT consists of a group of enthusiastic undergraduate students studying a range of engineering majors, including mechatronics, electrical, and computer and software systems. All team members have a common passion for robotic systems and joined to gain first hand experience with this impressive platform and to participate in this exciting competition (Learn more about the Team here).


The Challenge

The Maritime RobotX Challenge will take place in Singapore, October 20-26, 2014. The organisers have released the following teaser. Details of the tasks to be completed can be found at  




October 20-26, 2014 - Maritime RobotX Challenge




October 2014 - Final field trip, weigh-in and shipment.



September 2014 - Gold Creek Reservoir field testing.




August 2014 - Vision system and hydrophone testing.



23 April 2014 - Evaluating new vision and laser system.

 (Credits: Filming and editing by Riki Lamont, Music by Chris Dirkis)




11 February 2014 - Sensorised and controller tuning.




 17 January 2014 - First deployment on Lake Wivenhoe, Queensland.




18 December 2013 - Boat arrives, unpack and first assembly.



Sponsors and Supporters

 We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of our sponsors and supporters.











Contact Us

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For information about teamQUT or interest in sponsorship please email Matthew Dunbabin (


Latest News

Third Place to Endeavour and the Team (28 October 2014)

After a gruelling week of heat, rain and Wi-Fi issues, it is finally over and we placed third overall (see results and highlights). This was a fantastic effort by the team, both those in Singapore and back in Australia, and a testament to their dedication and commitment over the year. The team would like to thank our sponsors and supporters whose generosity made it possible to compete in this amazing event. We look forward to meeting all the wonderful teams and people again in the next challenge. See Gallery for event photos and the Team's progress throughout 2014.


Bon Voyage Endeavour (03 October 2014)

Following 10 months of development, 16 field trips on two reservoirs, long days and late nights, today Endeavour started its long journey to Singapore. The last week has had the team busily preparing the boat for shipping, performing last minute updates, balancing for lifting into the water, disassembling and packing. Now only two weeks until we join Endeavour in Singapore for the Maritime RobotX Challenge! (Follow us on Facebook).


A new test site will put Endeavour through its paces (11 August 2014)

We now have a new field test site - Gold Creek Dam. Whilst Lake Wivenhoe is much larger and we already had eight successful testing days notched up, the commute was approximately 90 minute each way. Gold Creek Dam is only 25 minutes from QUT and has more "structure" similar to what we can expect in Singapore. Today we gathered new data of all symbols and buoys at this new location. The team is now using this data to make the vision and mapping algorithms more robust.


Perfect conditions on Lake Wivenhoe provide insightful data (23 April 2014)

TeamQUT and Endeavour (the boat) were greeted with perfect conditions at Lake Wivenhoe as they collected datasets with a new vision and laser system. The systems were used to image and map a set of buoys and markers similar to what will be used at the competition in Singapore. The team are now using the data for developing algorithms to help the robot boat “see” and “react” (see Gallery and the new video).


TeamQUT's Endeavour ASV takes first steps towards Singapore (11 February 2014)

Today Endeavour, teamQUT's robotic boat, operated for the first time under its own control. Following a fitout of some new sensors including laser scanner, camera and weather station, the team ventured back to Lake Wivenhoe. There they continued performance testing of the systems and finished up with controller tuning and waypoint control - the first step on the long road to Singapore! (see Gallery).


Endeavour's first outing a success (17 January 2014)

Following a productive pre-Chrismas and New Year sprint, the robotic boat finally had its new propulsion system installed and field tested. After a 50 minute drive to the teams field site located on Lake Wivenhoe, it was assembled, launched and put through its paces under remote control. The shakedown and radio range tests were flawless despite the 15 knot winds (see Gallery).


Students welcome arrival of RobotX boat at QUT (18 December 2013)

It's here! Today the WAM-V USV (Unmanned Surface Vehicle) arrived at QUT to eagerly awaiting students. QUT was selected as one of three teams to represent Australia in the Maritime RobotX Challange taking place in Singapore in October 2014. The USV, or robotic boat, has been supplied to the 5 competing nations as a standard platform allowing them to focus more on autonomy than system development. The teamQUT students have already began designing the propulsion and sensing systems that will enable the boat to undertake the competition's 5 challenging tasks (see Gallery).



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