We are an engineering student design team at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
Our team consists of 60 members from across disciplines who are passionate about engineering, robotics, and the future.
Each year, we apply our knowledge and creative talents to build robots capable of navigating challenging
terrain without human input, and compete against robotics teams from around the world.
Autonomous navigation technology finds applications in diverse fields, such as mining site expeditions, personal vehicle transport, and search and rescue missions.
We are looking for ambitious students who have a desire to learn and contribute their skills to ensure that UBC remains a pioneer in autonomous technologies.
Our robot uses a LIDAR laser scanner for detecting physical objects and several webcams for detecting coloured boundaries painted on the grounds. Internally, our camera vision system uses OpenCV to provide fast image capturing and processing techniques, which is essential for operating in performance critical situations.
The software portion of our robot is primarily developed in C++, using the Robot Operating System (ROS) framework, with some specific portions written in Python and C.
Since 2014 we have been competing in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) held in Michigan.
IGVC is an international competition with over 40 teams from Australia, China, India, Japan and the United States
competing to showcase their robotics skills.
In prior years we have competed in the International Autonomous Robot Racing Challenge (IARRC) where we achieved top ranking for five consecutive years.
4th place in the Design Competition
5th place in the IOP Networking Challenge
|2014||IGVC||Qualifier course completed|
|2010||IARRC||Grand Award and 2nd place|
|2009||IARRC||2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place with multiple robots|
The University of British Columbia is our main sponsor, housing the team and the robot
Thanks to Fluor's donations this year, Snowbots was able to complete the robot and head off to competition with ease
Aiming to provide affordable and accurate GPS modules. Swift Nav provided us with our GPS modules
Viking Profile, waterjet cutting since 1997, producer of our chassis
Experts at rechargeable power systems. Venom is our provider of Li-Po batteries
We are proud mechanical engineering affiliate team
Special thanks to the AMS