The 2021 Njord - The Autonomous Ship Challenge will be entirely digital to allow teams from all over the world to take part. Participants will receive access to a ship model outfitted with a selection of instruments, with which they are expected to tackle a multitude of challenges entirely autonomously. Teams will interface their algorithms using established industry standards to allow their work to be applicable in other situations.
The competition will be decided by a simulation held live in Trondheim in August 2021, where an expert panel of judges will determine the winner. Teams will be invited to Trondheim to attend the event alongside sponsors and other students. Additionally, our team is working to incorporate a final round of the challenge where participants will put their work to the test on a physical system.
A detailed technical specification will be made available soon, including all requirements expected of the participants and a description of the simulation platform chosen for the competition.