Twenty students under the direction of Dr. Eric Schwartz took first place in the international Maritime RobotX Challenge in Oahu, Hawaii in December.

The RobotX Challenge is designed to foster student interest in autonomous robotic systems operating in the maritime domain. 

ECE PhD candidate, Andy Gray led the students on the NaviGator team. The team was made up of students from the departments

of electrical and computer engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering and computer and information science engineering.

Eric Schwartz, director of the Machine Intelligence Lab, served as the project director and faculty advisor. Carl Crane, director of

CIMAR, was the co-director and a faculty advisor. Ira Hill and Shannon Ridgeway were also faculty advisors.

Though many of the students have previously worked on the award-winning SubjuGator and PropaGator teams,

this was their first time entering the maritime competition.



Dr. Schwartz's lab (MIL - Machine Intelligence Laboratory) has won five world championships. 

    2013 RoboBoat (see

    2005, 2006, 2007 RoboSub (see

    2016 Maritime RobotX Challenge (see



For more information visit team's webpage: (only pictures prior to the competition). The team members are listed on the webpage. 

To see a short video of the boat at competition (during the semifinals), visit