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Regional Robotics Sailing Winter Academy at Zhejiang University


Sailing robots are autonomous surface vehicles (ASV) that use wind power as the only propulsion source. The robot can sailing on the sea on a much longer duration compared to the battery-powered counterpart and potentially could serve as a platform for the long-term ocean observation. In order to help teams get start with robotics sailing, we are organising a two days winter academy for students and professionals.

The lecture will be given by Yu Cao (Southampton Sailing Robot Team) and Prof. Chao Xu (Zhejiang University).

  • Introduction on robotics sailing – history and the challenges
  • The physics on sailing craft
  • Hardware and software structure of an autonomous sailing robot
  • Software tutorials on the basics of ROS, python and git version control
  • Sailing robot path planning and lower level control
  • Sailing demonstration given by ZMART team (subject to weather condition)

Time and Location
Dec.15 and 16, 2018 @ Zhejiang University, China // Free of charge
Registration can be made online via