SUTD Organization of Autonomous Robotics (SOAR) focuses on autonomous robotics platforms, as well as AI and machine learning frameworks.
We aim to nurture a committed robotics community through impactful projects and member development. The club adopts Robot Operating System (ROS) as the main robotics middleware framework to keep pace with industry demands as well as to ensure that our projects are cross-compatible and hardware-agnostic.
SOAR has grown rapidly in the 4 short years, gaining industry recognition in the form of a sponsorship from Lionsbot in 2018. We aim to groom and nurture young robotics engineers who are well-rounded and can tackle a variety of real-world robotics challenges. On top of this, SOAR is active in keeping pace with the industry's appetite through our involvement in events such as Makerfaire Singapore and Singapore Robo Expo. Our members find part-time employment with industry too!
While we are a very niche club, we welcome people of any background to come and join us on this journey. We believe that robotics should be accessible to everyone and host regular workshops to impart skills and knowledge. In addition, we take on a variety of robotics projects to build our members' skills and club capabilities.
Interested in joining SOAR? Drop us an email here and we will be in touch!
SOAR constantly seeks to strive for greater heights and SUTDoggo is the product of the yearning for more. Inspired by Stanford's open-source quadruped robot, we ventured into the realm of legged robots. Despite a small team and a short timeline, the team has managed to recreate the iconic backflipping of Stanford's version. The team is currently developing autonomous capabilities, leveraging on SOAR's existing expertise in ROS and autonomous robots.
MOMObot was our first foray into autonomous service
robots 2 years ago and it has become an icon of SOAR. MOMObot is a modular and mobile service ground robot
that is capable of autonomous localisation, even in crowded environments! Developed to carry payloads of
up to 50kg, it is a stable autonomous platform for us to develop novel applications for autonomous ground
Look out for MOMObot at SUTD's 10th Anniversary TechLaunch celebration in 2019, where it was featured on The Straits Times and Channel News Asia!
Jessica is our in-house robot arm that we engineered to serve coffee! Using ROS and 3D printing
technologies, we created a robot arm that serves coffee at the push of a button. What started as a budding
passion project to learn how to build and develop robotic arm platforms has become a cherished member of
SOAR. Jessica has been showcased by the school for multiple events, including at the MINDEF Innovation
Symposium 2019 and SUTD Open House. Work still continues as we work to improve Jessica's capabilities.
Catch us at our next event to see what Jessica can do next!
Check out Jessica being showcased at SUTD's Digital Open House microsite here!
SOAR actively participates in university level competitions where we are able to benchmark our robots with others in the field. The Singapore Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition (SAUVC) is an international competition organised by IEEE Singapore, drawing in teams from across the globe. SOAR's 2019 team emerged top 15 in the competition, despite many challenges facing the all-freshmore team. The team has grown leaps and bounds in the past year, and is gearing up for SAUVC 2020 this April. Despite the challenging field of underwater robotics, our team has been successful in competing with peers in the region - exploring fields such as computer vision, electronics design and acoustics.