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Virtual Ocean Robotics Challenge announcement

Open Robotics and the Naval Postgraduate School are happy to announce the Virtual Ocean Robotics Challenge (VORC), sponsored by the Office of Naval Research.

This competition is targeted at university teams or any individual with an interest in maritime simulations. The main goals of this challenge are: (i) offer a way to learn about maritime robotics using simulation; (ii) leverage previous participation in similar competitions to improve team solutions; and (iii) offer a ramp up challenge towards physical maritime competitions.

Participation is free. Phase 1 will be held on November 23 and Phase 2 on December 7-11. The timeline is tight, so we encourage everyone to register right away and start coding!

The VORC technical team:
Carlos Agüero <>
Brian Bingham <>
Sean Kragelund <>
Michael McCarrin <>
Carson Vogt <>
Mabel Zhang <>


This looks really fun and terrifically interesting - but it is going to be extremely difficult to field this kind of thing for a Monday event of the week of the US Thanksgiving Holiday, when it is announced just the Friday before. If the Phase 1 event could be more flexible in some way, even pushing it back after Thanksgiving, it would go a long way toward greater participation.


Hi Val, the competition was announced before in other channels. Phase 1 is just a video and we can be quite flexible about it. I hope you can make it!

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VRX Tasks 2019 Wiki and VRX Documentation Wiki links mentioned in the Task Description pdf are not available.

Thanks, the links have been updated.