Advancing the field of robotics

Welcome to the homepage of the University of Sydney's RobotX Club, where innovation meets excellence. We are dedicated to developing a WAM-V that is capable of achieving a range of autonomous tasks through robust navigation, control, obstacle detection, and more. By building a system of systems with different functionalities, we enable the WAM-V to successfully complete missions in a challenging marine environment.

Our mission is not only to achieve success in the RobotX WAM-V Challenge, but also to develop a platform that can be adapted to a variety of projects such as defense, research, and marine rescue. We believe that our efforts in this area will contribute to the development of cutting-edge technology and to the advancement of robotics as a field.

In 2022, USYD Sealions participated in the RobotX WAM-V Challenge and emerged as the champions in Australia and fourth overall. This is a testament to our dedication to excellence, tireless efforts, and innovative spirit. We take pride in our achievements and continue to strive for greater heights, always seeking to challenge ourselves and push the limits of what is possible.

Our club is driven by a culture of creativity, inclusivity, and collaboration. We believe that every member has something valuable to contribute and that by working together, we can accomplish great things. Whether you are a seasoned roboticist or just starting on your journey, we welcome you to be a part of our community and join us in shaping the future of robotics.

We are Anticipating the RobotX 2024 Challenge!

Below is a brief summary of the technical details of our 2022 WAM-V.

Perception System

The perception system handles object detection and identification tasks through a camera array, the lidar maps the surrounding to provide a cost map for successful and efficient navigation.

Control System 

The control system has a pair of powerful high velocity thrusters mounted at the back to enable the propulsion of the boat, assisted by two front thrusters for steering and station-keeping. 

Computation System

The computation is performed on an Intel i-7 processor running a Debian system. LCM is used for a low-level interface with the motors and ROS is used via a docker container for high-level processing such as imaging, mapping, etc. 

Safety System

The safety of all the systems has been the key factor in all our development steps. Starting from the battery safety to sealing all the electronic enclosures to be splash proof, a standard has been maintained to avoid failures and hazards on-site. 

Launcher System

The launcher system will be used for the find and fling task to throw a ball through the hole at a calculated velocity to shoot it to a required distance and angle. 


Contact Information

Phone: +61 403337256



Australian Centre for Field Robotics has been the back bone for the students throughout the preparation phase of the competition and the Thales group has made it possible for the team to get upgraded hardware through their financial support!

Thales Group is a French multinational company that designs, develops and manufactures electrical systems as well as devices and equipment for the aerospace, defence, transportation and security sectors.     

The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR), part of the Sydney Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems, has been instrumental in developing breakthrough technologies, conducting world-renowned research and developing field robotics principles and systems.