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IEEE Hong Kong Section Robotics and Automation/Control Systems Joint Chapter

The IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society

Venue Sponsors

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Information on the MATE International ROV Competition

 Manuals for the 2014 Workshops

Basic ROV
Introductory Powerpoint
Wiring and parts

Advanced Workshop
Advanced Electronics
The IET/MATE Hong Kong Underwater Robot Challenge 2015

10th Hong Kong/Asia Regional of the MATE  International ROV Competition

Dates: 18-19 April 2015

Venue: Tsuen Kwan O Swimming Pool

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada 25 - 27 June 2015

The  Marine Advanced  Technology  Education (MATE)  Centre  (located  in  California,  USA),  in association  with the  Marine Technology Society's  ROV Committee,  has  been  organising  the International Remote Operated Vehicle Contest  for the past twelve years.  This is aimed at school, college and university  students. The winners in Hong Kong will go to the International Finals in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada in June 2014. Some sponsorship is available to assist winning Hong Kong Ranger teams in going to the International Contest.

Once again The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Hong Kong (IET HK) is the organiser of the Hong Kong Regional Contest. IET HK is the largest overseas branch of the UK's largest professional engineering institution, and also the world's largest professional engineer awarding body. The Contest is co-organised with HKUST.

This year we will again also invite teams from around Asia to take part on the final contest day so that they can qualify for the MATE International Contest in the Canada in June 2015.

In addition to being fun and educational, these competitions connect  students  and  educators with professionals from marine industries, and those involved with marine conservation, as well as  to promote the development of technical, problem  solving,  critical thinking, and teamwork skills.

Schools teams in Hong Kong and Macau are invited to take part in workshops where they will be given an ROV kit, shown how to design and construct it, and which can then be used as the basis for the contest ROV. We will also run a number of advanced workshops for those teams interested in sensors, electronics and control of ROVs, as well as project and mission planning.

This year there will be a  registration fee following MATE Centre guidelines. This will be HK$500 and will be collected at registration. This year we have sponsorship from IET to allow one Ranger or Explorer team from each school to attend the workshops free of charge. The ROV workshops and the advanced electronics workshops are not  compulsory as in previous years, although teams new to the contest are highly recommended to join one. The briefing session is free to all schools interested in learning more about the competition.

So far nearly 80 schools have taken part in the event in Hong Kong, with nearly 500 schools taking part each year around the world.

In 2015 we will not only be running the Explorer and Ranger class mission, but also Scout. Scout registration is open until the end of March. Explorer and Ranger till the end of January for Hong Kong and Macau teams, end of February for teams from outside Hong Kong and Macau. Note: The Scout contest in Hong Kong is different from the MATE Scout contest.

The HKUST Robotics Team offers a HKUST ROV Mentoring Scheme to one or two Hong Kong high school students to work with HKUST ROV team to provide them a long term learning platform and to nurture their interest in science and technology. For details, please click here and you may also contact for further enquiries.

Explorer Class Open to Secondary School, Tertiary Institution, and University Same as Mate Official Rules
Ranger Class
Scout Class Open to Primary 4 - Secondary 3 (Suitable For Beginners) To Be Released* HKUST SENG GCE

*The mission will be different from Mate official rules.

Schedule for 2015  Competition
 (Some dates and venues to be confirmed - TBC)

8 November 2014 
10.00 am - 13.00 pm
Room 2503, HKUST (Map)
ROV Contest Briefing Session For Teams [2]

Introduction to HKUST Mentoring Scheme [2] (Details)

22 November 2014

22 November 2014

22 November 2014

10.00 am - 12:30 pm
Room 3007, HKUST (Map)

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 3007, HKUST (Map)

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Atrium, HKUST
Basic ROV Workshop [1][3]
(Basic Tools)

HKUST ROV Mentoring Scheme - 1-day "Get-to-know-each-other" Visit [1][3]

Visit of preliminary round of HKUST Robot Contest [2]
6 December 2014

2:00pm - 5:00pm
EF402, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Basic ROV Workshop [1][3]
(Basic Tools)
10 January 2015

11 January 2015
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Room 3115, HKUST (Map)

10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Room 3115, HKUST (Map)

Advanced Electronics Workshop [1][3] FULL

Advanced Electronics Workshop [1][3] Cancelled

(Basic Tools)
24 January 2015 
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Room 3115, HKUST (Map)
Advanced Programming Workshop [1][3]

(Registration Form)
7 February 2015
9.30 am - 4.00 pm
Room EF 402
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Advanced Electronics Workshop [1][3]
(For teams who could not attend the same workshop on 10 January 2015)
(Registration form)
28 - 29 March 2015 

Full Day
Venue: TBC
Scout Class Hong Kong Regional [3]

(Winning teams will enter the Asia Regional/Hong Kong Final on 11-12 April 2015)
18 - 19 April 2015 

Full Day
Venue: Tsuen Kwan O Swimming Pool
Asia Regional/Hong Kong Final, International ROV Competition [3]

25 - 27 June 2015
International ROV Contest
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada [3]

[1] Every participant is required to bring a packed food (suggested food list). We will gather those food and send it to food bank later.

[2] Open to public.

[3] For registered / qualified teams only.

Registration Fees for 2014/15

Basic ROV Workshop (Includes Basic ROV)
FREE for the first school team (Ranger and Explorer Class)
HK$800 for second school team

Advanced Electronics Workshop (Includes camera and other electronics)
FREE for the first school team (Ranger and Explorer Class)
HK$300 for second school team

Registration Fee for Hong Kong ROV Contest
HK$500 each team
Advanced Programming Workshop (includes Arduino development board)
FREE for the first school team (Ranger and Explorer Class)

Note: All teams MUST register for the HK ROV Contest to qualify for free workshops

Registration Form Download

Video of the 2013 Hong Kong contest

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Video of the 2012 Hong Kong contest Click here to play video


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 Educational Sponsors

Hong Kong Environmental
Robotics Education Association