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The Robotics Society is for students of any discipline and skill level, to get involved in building robots for fun, research, and competition.

Our annual membership fee is £20, for which you get you own Combat Bot build kit, weekly workshops, and the opportunity to get involved in our projects, listed below.

  • Combat Bots. Easy, cheap, fun for anyone, run by RoboSoc. A competition at the end of each semester.
  • Sea++, our Autonomous Sailboat project, 
  • Tempest, our Robot Fighting League team. A 5.4kg robot to compete against other Universities in April 2022.
  • Sea++, our Autonomous Sailboat team, developing a high performance boat with robust navigation, for entry into two international competitions in 2023.


For a list of our events please see:

Weekly Workshop - Wednesday 1pm - 5pm, Smeaton Building, Room 303

We provide all the tools, equipment, and support you need!

Combat Bots

Anyone can build a Combat Bot, even you!

Combat Bots is a destructive robot competition, essentially a mini robot wars, and the core activity of RoboSoc. Ant weight division robots weigh less than 150 grams and fit within a 10cm cube, fighting to the death in a 30cm^2 arena, under remote control, in 3 minute matches. 

Membership purchase will buy you:

  • A Combat Bots kit of parts* with everything you need to get a robot up and running, and entry to our competition.
  • Access to our weekly workshops, Smeaton Building 303, 1-5pm.
  • Access to our Discord server

* which is worth £25-£30. If that's not bargain then I don't know what is. 

The Combat Bot competition and rules


Robot Fighting League Team

The IET on Campus in partnership with Leeds University are launching a UK university wide combat robot competition, to be held April 2023. Robots must weigh less than 5.4kg & otherwise follow Fighting Robot Association rules. The Robot Fighting League (RFL) is a great project for students with a passion for CAD design, mechanical engineering, and control electronics.

RoboSoc has recieved financial support from UPSU (University of Plymouth Student Union) to build a robot for this competiton and represent both the society and the university. The IET on Campus will provide travel and accommodation. We have a team of undergraduates taking over this semester from students who are now focused on their final year projects.

The Competition

The Rules


Autonomous Sailboat Team

In keeping with Plymouth's expertise and heritage in marine engineering, we are developing an autonomous sailboat for the World Robotic Sailing Championship (WRSC) and International Robotic Sailing Regatta (IRSR). The team has grown from three to nearly fifteen members, including both postgraduates & undergraduates studying a wide range of subjects, and with varying sailing ability. The team has been able to seek world leading experts for support within the university and externally, and is planning to announce RoboSoc's first sponsor by the end of the semester.

This is a great opportunity for students keen to develop sensors and navigation algorithms, using embedded C++, or alternatviley to explore high performance design & manufacture through boat development, as part of this exciting project.

Autonomous Marine Systems Group (AMSG)

AMSG Sailboat project

World Robotic Sailing Championship (WRSC)

International Robotic Sailing Regatta (IRSR)


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  • Robotics Society Standard Membership£20.00
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