The Duke Robotics Club is a student-run organization in the Pratt School of Engineering. Our mission is to provide Duke undergraduate and graduate students a place to pursue their interest in robotics by working on high-impact, large-scale robotics projects and competitions. These projects allow our talented students to hone their skills and demonstrate the strength of Duke Engineering.
Robosub is a navy-sponsored competition for fully-autonomous underwater submarines. Duke Robotics club has participated in the competition for over 15 years- ranking in the top five entries five separate years. In 2016 we ranked 15th, one of the best new teams. During the 2017 season we have made several significant upgrades to our robot, including more advanced controls and computer vision, new marker droppers, upgraded cameras, and a lighter frame with only one pressure hull instead of three. See us at Robosub in San Diego, on July 24th, 2017!
We ranked 15th, with a score of 1070. See our paper for details about Leviathan, our 2016 sub.
We began our year with Bot Battle as a way to introduce underclassmen to both members of the club and the robotics fundamentals we work with. Partnering with the Innovation Co-Lab, we prepared kits, held office [...]
In 2016, we hosted the first Bot Battle competition designed to get students excited about autonomous vehicles and robotics. The competition took place from 9/24/16 to 10/2/16. Twelve teams came out and competed- each building an [...]
Examples of project areas we will tackle this year:
High-DOF manipulator arm and gripper
Torpedo launching system
Revising mechanical design of the electronics bridge and main pressure hulls
Redesign of the acoustic localization system
Designing a hardware filtering PCB
Applying our vision pipelines to 2017 tasks
Designing new, simplified electronics stack control and power PCBs
Probabilistic motion planner with SLAM
… and many more!
Why Should I Join?
We work hard and play hard. We expect you to commit 4-8 hours a week to the club: both at the lab, at the pool, and outside of normal work time. We often act more like a team than a club, and you should expect to be treated like a team member. We usually hold several events during the year, including:
Team weekend retreat (new this year)
Robosub competition (10 members over nine days in July)
Join us at one of our twice-weekly meetings to learn more about the club. We welcome any and all Duke students to participate in some form of club activities. We hold official recruiting sessions at the beginning of each term. Underclassman are welcome and encouraged to participate, regardless of their skill level coming in. Sign up below to receive email updates.
Our normal meeting times are:
Saturdays, 12-3 PM [Food Served]
Tuesdays, 8-10 PM
Thursdays, 8-10 PM [CS only]
Duke Robotics Club is a proud sponsor of local teams. We work with middle school and high school teams to ensure that they can work at their best potential and succeed in their robotics competitions. We share both knowledge and materials so that our younger peers can focus on learning and innovating.
Duke Robotics Club is also a proud sponsor of FRC Team 900 Zebracorns! Duke Robotics Club gladly supports the Zebracorns' quest for World Championships by providing more platforms and materials for practice, testing, and debugging [...]
Currently seeking mentors! Duke Robotics Club is proud to be a mentor and founding partner of Durham Academy’s RoboSharks. In the RoboSharks' pilot 2014-2015 season, they approached the Duke Robotics Club and hoped to form [...]