7th International Robotic Sailing Conference, September 8th, 2014


We are delighted to announce that NUI Galway will be hosting the International Robotic Sailing Conference on Monday the 8th of September, 2014. The event will be held in the Aula Maxima on the grounds of the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway).

Conference Programme

You can download a copy of the conference programme here.

Important Dates

Submission of abstracts: CLOSED
Notification of abstract acceptance: April 16th (CLOSED)
Full Paper Submission: May 20th (CLOSED)
Notification of Acceptance: June 2nd (CLOSED)
Submission of Camera Ready Paper: June 23rd (CLOSED)
Conference Date: September 8th, 2014

As in previous years, the conference proceedings have been published by Springer

IRSC2014/WRSC2014 Committee

IRSC / WRSC 2014 General Chair: Dermot Tynan, Hewlett Packard
IRSC 2014 Programme Chair: Fearghal Morgan, National University of Ireland, Galway
IRSC / WRSC 2014 Programme Committee Download the PDF document.

Robotic Sailing

Robotic sailing offers the potential of long range and long term autonomous wind propelled, solar or wave-powered carbon neutral devices. Robotic sailing devices could contribute to monitoring of environmental, ecological, meteorological, hydrographic and oceanographic data. These devices can also be used in traffic monitoring, border surveillance, security, assistance and rescue. The dependency on changing winds and sea conditions presents a considerable challenge for short and long term route and stability planning, collision avoidance and boat control. Building a robust and seaworthy sailing robot presents a truly complex and multi-disciplinary challenge for boat designers, naval architects, systems/electrical engineers and computer scientists. Since 2004, competitions such as Sailbot, World Robotic Sailing Championship and Microtransat have sparked an explosion in the number of groups working on autonomous sailing robots. Despite this interest the longest distance sailed autonomously remains only a few hundred miles. Many of the challenges in building truly autonomous sailing robots still remain unsolved. IRSC and WRSC promote the development of autonomous wind-propelled sailing robots.

IRSC 2014

IRSC provides researchers with the opportunity to present and exchange ideas on their work on autonomous surface marine robotics. IRSC proceedings present the cutting edge of work in a variety of fields related to robotic sailing. IRSC 2014 conference proceedings will be published by Springer.


WRSC2014 (organised in conjunction with IRSC2014) includes a series of short distance racing, navigation and autonomy challenges. The competition will propose tasks such as station, speed in different conditions, accuracy, obstacle avoidance, target tracking, endurance and cooperation. The competition, originally designed for sailboats also includes a separate motorboats category. Previous events were held in Austria (2008), Portugal (2009), Canada (2010), Germany (2011), Wales (2012) and Brest (France) in 2013.

IRSC2014 Paper Submission: Topics

IRSC 2014 welcomes paper submissions on a range of topics around autonomous surface marine robotics (especially sailing robots), including but not limited to:

Further Information

For further information, contact Fearghal Morgan or Dermot Tynan