The Future Is Autonomous.

We are Snowbots!

We are an engineering student design team at the University of British Columbia, our team comprises of 60 members passionate about engineering, robotics, and the future. Each year we build autonomous ground vehicles that are capable of navigating challenging terrain without human input, we also annually compete against other robotics teams from around the world!

We are looking for ambitious students who have a desire to learn and contribute their skills in constructing an effective vehicle in the areas of mechanical, electrical, and software design.

Our current robot

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.

A close up of the webcams


Software running on the robot

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.

Our competition

Since 2014 we have been competing in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) held 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.

picture of igvc awards
Year Competition Accomplishment(s)
2015 IGVC 4th place in the Design Competition
5th place in the IOP Networking Challenge
2014 IGVC Qualifier course completed
2012 IARRC Grand Award
2011 IARRC Grand Award
2010 IARRC Grand Award and 2nd place
2009 IARRC 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place with multiple robots
2008 IARRC 4th Place

Thank you to our sponsors

University of British Columbia

UBC Engineering

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.



Being a mining engineering team, Shell's support for the team helped make the robot possible

Viking Profile

Viking Profile

Viking Profile, waterjet cutting since 1997, producer of our chassis



Experts at rechargeable power systems. Venom is our provider of Li-Po batteries

Swift Navigation

Swift Navigation

Aiming to provide affordable and accurate GPS modules. Swift Nav provide us with our GPS modules