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ASABE Robotics Competition

 2012 - 1

2012 - 2

Congratulations to the 2016 Winners!

1st - Zhejiang University - Team 1: Lirong Xiang, Endai Huang, Luoyi Jin, Xiaoyue Xu, Zhan Lu

nd – Clemson University - Main: Chris Miller, Nicholas Rogers, Cengiz Koparan, Jordan Breland, Arnaldy Medina, Jonathan Rodriguez ,Kevin Gibson

3rd – Clemson University - Edisto: Adam Blocker and Ellie Stuckey

2016 Competition Overview

2016 Competition Video

The ASABE Robotics Student Design Competition is a student design event that was conceived in 2006. The competition allows undergraduate and graduate students to develop skills in robotic systems, electronics, and sensing technologies by simulating a fully autonomous robotics solution to a common agricultural process.

The competition requires teams to build a robot, or group of cooperative robots, which accomplish a simulated pre-, peri-, or post-harvest agricultural operation. The robots must be fully autonomous and able to complete the task without human intervention. The robots are small, less than 12”x12”x12”, and complete the challenge on an 8’x8’ competition board. In past years, robots have been required to simulate counting and sorting, pick-up, pruning, transport, and precision maneuvering operations.

The robotics competition is, but its nature, a very technical and precise competition. As such, the scoring for the competition is completely objective, and focuses on speed and precision with which the challenge is completed. Robots are not judged based on aesthetics, craftsmanship, or elegance, which allows for teams to create the most effective solution to the given challenge.  

In addition to the challenge itself, each team must submit a poster for the competition which describes the development and function of their robot(s). The students will display their posters prior to the competition at the AIM to show off their work to industry and academic professionals attending the conference.

Since the competition is held during the ASABE Annual International Meeting, the competition changes each year to represent an agricultural product of the region where the meeting is being held. This results is vastly different challenges from year-to-year. This year’s competition will be held in Spokane, Washington, so the competition will be focused on an agricultural product of the State of Washington.


The competition is open to all registered student members of ASABE, both undergraduate and graduate. There is no maximum number of team members per team and each University may field multiple teams so long as their robots do not share components. Every team must have a faculty or staff advisor who will be their primary contact with ASABE. There are no classes or leagues and every team will work on the same challenge. There are no budget limits at this time. Teams are encouraged to obtain funding for the construction of their robots and registration and travel to the competition through their college, student organizations, and sponsor companies. 



The 2017 Competition

Registration Deadline– February 1, 2017
Cash prizes for top three finishers - 1st $1,250; 2nd: $1,000; 3rd $750

The challenge of this year’s competition will be to simulate a full raspberry primocane suppression and selective floricane removal pruning operation using autonomous robots. The competition will require teams to develop robots which can identify raspberry primocanes and floricanes, selectively cut irregularly distributed primocanes and floricanes to a given row density, and remove the cut plant material from the rows to clear debris.

The rules, specifications, and registration form for the 2017 competition can be found here:

2017 ASABE Robotics Competition Rules

2017 Rules and Board Clarification

Registration Form

8th Balsa Holder - STL

16th Balsa Holder - STL


Sponsorship and Support:

igus Young Engineers Support Program

We are proud to announce that student teams will be able to acquire free parts for the fabrication of their robots through the igus Young Engineers Support (Y.E.S.) program this year. The yes Program is designed to foster the mechanical design ideas of those with a passion for engineering - whether you are a high school or college student, university professor, or team mentor. The program's goal is to support the design ideas of students and educate them on the merits and benefits of plastic components. Product donations are available to students and robotics competitions across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Click Here to find out more about the Y.E.S. Program.

Student can fill out the registration form to use the Y.E.S. program by following this link.


Additional Information

Do you have questions about the competition? Are you interested in helping organize, judge, or sponsor the ASABE Robotics Student Design Competition? Then please contact the competition coordinator, Joseph Trotochaud, or by phone: 706-296-7241

Past Competition Challenges 

Competition Historical Information

Past Winners
2007 - 2015: Kansas State University
2016: Zhejiang University - Team 1 

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