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May 2014

APEGBC Richmond/Delta Branch Dinner Meeting "UBC Sailbot: Engineering an Autonomous Sailboat"

Status: Online registration is now closed. For space availability please contact Jessica Leung at: [email protected] Thank you.
Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm. (See description for schedule)
Location: River Rock Resort, Function Room Near Entrance, 8811 River Road, Richmond, BC
Presenter: Louise Huang
City of Richmond, presentation of OQM

Kristoffer Vik Hansen
Team Co-Captain, UBC SailBot

Neil Dobie
Mechanical Co-Lead, UBC SailBot

Alexander Kroitzsch
Mechanical Co-Lead, UBC SailBot

(See description for bio's)
Credit: 1 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: $40 for members and guests who pre-register online at APEGBC
$45 for late registrations at the door.
$35 for EIT/GIT’s.
$30 for Student members of APEGBC
APEGBC Richmond/Delta Branch Dinner Meeting "UBC Sailbot: Engineering an Autonomous Sailboat".

Schedule:
6:00 – 6:45 pm – Registration and networking
6:45 – 7:00 pm – Branch update, OQM presentation
7:00 – 7:40 pm – Buffet Dinner
7:40 – 8:25  pm-  Presentation
8:25 – 8:40 pm – Questions and Answers

Speakers:
Louise Huang
City of Richmond, presentation of OQM

Kristoffer Vik Hansen
Team Co-Captain,
UBC SailBot

Kristoffer, an Integrated Engineering student, has been in charge of the UBC SailBot team since 2011, leading the team in winning both 2012 and 2013 International Robotic Sailing Regatta (IRSR) while increasing the size of the team from three students to more than 40.

Neil Dobie
Mechanical Co-Lead,
UBC SailBot

Neil Dobie, a 3rd year UBC Mechanical Engineering student, is one of the three Mechanical Leads of UBC SailBot. Leading team members through challenging construction techniques, Neil have developed unique leadership skills throughout his time at UBC SailBot.

Alexander Kroitzsch
Mechanical Co-Lead,
UBC SailBot

Alex, a UBC Electrical Engineering student and skilled sailor, was one of the key reasons UBC SailBot won the 2013 IRSR in Massachusetts, fighting off highly experienced sailors from the US Naval Academy. It is not often one will find students with as much experience in the mechanics of sailing as Alex.

Abstract:
Join us in a unique presentation and follow-up Q&A session on how a local student team designs, builds, and races high-performance robotic sailboats.
The first part of the presentation will tell the story of the International Robotic Sailing Regatta (IRSR) 2013 and show how the UBC SailBot team is preparing for the upcoming IRSR 2014 in California. The second part of the presentation will tell the story of the team’s newest adventure; building a 5.5 meter sailboat capable of crossing the Atlantic Ocean without any human assistance.

UBC SailBot was first dreamed up by UBC engineering student and sailing enthusiast Erik Berzins in 2004, who invited students from a few universities to showcase their new robotic sailboat. In 2006 the IRSR was formed with the goal to create a set of challenges only to be completed using wind-propelled vessels capable of making it’s own decisions about sail trim and navigation without any human interaction. In 2012 the UBC team took first place in IRSR, taking over the robotic sailing throne from the US Naval Academy. IRSR 2013 was a record-breaking event for UBC SailBot, when they set a new competition record as they sailed in to a perfect 50 out of 50 points in Massachusetts.

Since September 2013, the team has been designing and building a new generation of robotic sailboats, capable of crossing large distances fully autonomously. The goal is to be the first team in the world who can successfully cross the Atlantic Ocean with a robotic sailboat.

Find out more about UBC SailBot by visiting their website at www.ubcsailbot.org.

To help us predict our catering needs, please register by, May 26, 2014.  Due to space limitations, registrations will be limited to the first 35 online responses.

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