Mission Statement

The Duke Robotics Club is a student-run organization in Duke University’s 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 primarily in the realm of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). These projects allow our talented students to hone their skills and demonstrate the strength of Duke Engineering.

What is RoboSub?

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. In 2017, we ranked 11th. This year, in 2019, we’re performing a major design overhaul on our robot, taking the lessons we have learned from past seasons and putting them into action to make our best robot yet!

What Do We Do?

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 2019 tasks
  • Designing new, simplified electronics stack control and power PCBs
  • Probabilistic motion planner with SLAM
  • … and many more!

Join us!

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, but you’re welcome to show up for the first time at any meeting! Underclassman are welcome and encouraged to participate, regardless of skill level coming in.

Why Should I Join?

Duke Robotics Club is a great opportunity to gain project experience that is not available in a normal classroom setting. You’ll gain hands on experience in engineering, inter-team communication, as well as learn many industry standard tools which can help prepare you for internship and job opportunities later on. This low stress environment is a great place to explore and practice new skills, make mistakes, and learn from them. You’ll also have the chance to get to know upperclassmen that have lots of knowledge to pass down! We host several events outside of the lab, including:

  • Team dinners
  • Halloween trip
  • Team weekend retreat

Finally, we attend the RoboSub competition in July/August every year, which is 9 days in San Diego at the Naval TRANDEC facility.