2019 Winners
Beginner Category
1st Place: Team 2 from Henan University
2st Place: AgBotics from University of California-Davis
3rd Place: Accelerator team from Zhejiang University

Advanced Category
1st Place: Future Gardeners from China Agricultural University
2nd Place: Team 1 from Henan Agricultural University
3rd Place: Knights of the Round Table from Zhejiang University

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 the challenge is typically executed on a custom-fabricated table. In past years, robots have been required to simulate counting and sorting, pick-up, pruning, transport, and precision-maneuvering operations.

The robotics competition is, by 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 on esthetics, 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 that describes the development and function of their robot(s). The students will display their posters at the ASABE annual meeting, prior to the competition, to show off their work to industry and academic professionals attending the conference.

Because 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 in vastly different challenges from year to year. 

The competition is open to all current 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 and all competing students must be registered for the annual international meeting and have a meeting badge. 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 2019 Competition

Teams will be challenged to design a robot that will conduct autonomous inventory management and selective fertilizer application in a plant nursery. The competition board will measure 4ft x 16ft, and teams may use only one robot to complete the challenge. The board will contain 21 simulated plants, and robots will identify and then transport them to the storage area. One plant, the “Golden Plant,” will be placed in the center of the board and will earn extra points for the robot that collects it first.

The competition will be divided into beginner and advanced divisions; consult the 2019 Guidelines for details on the two divisions. 

Registration Deadline: April 15, 2019

2019 Guidelines
Competition Documents (shared folder)
Tournament Rules
Registration Form

Additional Information
Do you have questions about the competition? Are you interested in helping organize, judge, or sponsor the ASABE Robotics Student Design Competition? Please contact the awards administrator.

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.