Robotic Sailing

Proceedings of the 4th International Robotic Sailing Conference

  • Alexander Schlaefer
  • Ole Blaurock

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Roland Stelzer, Karim Jafarmadar
      Pages 3-23
  3. Robotic Sailboats

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Jan Sliwka, Jeremy Nicola, Remi Coquelin, Francois Becket de Megille, Benoit Clement, Luc Jaulin
      Pages 27-38
    3. Colin Sauzé, Mark Neal
      Pages 39-53
    4. Richard Leloup, Frédéric Le Pivert, Sébastien Thomas, Gabriel Bouvart, Nicolas Douale, Henry De Malet et al.
      Pages 55-69
    5. Alexander Schlaefer, Daniel Beckmann, Maximilian Heinig, Ralf Bruder
      Pages 71-84
  4. System Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Bradley E. Bishop, Joseph Bradshaw, Cody Keef, Nicholas Taschner
      Pages 87-99
    3. Michael Koch, Wilhelm Petersen
      Pages 101-112
    4. Colin Sauzé, Mark Neal
      Pages 113-124
  5. Collision Avoidance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Diedrich Wolter, Frank Dylla, Arne Kreutzmann
      Pages 141-155
    3. Nikolaus Ammann, Florian Hartmann, Philipp Jauer, Julia Krüger, Tobias Meyer, Ralf Bruder et al.
      Pages 157-166
  6. Localization and Route Planning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Adrian Dabrowski, Sebastian Busch, Roland Stelzer
      Pages 169-181
    3. Peter Gibbons-Neff, Paul Miller
      Pages 183-194
    4. Johannes Langbein, Roland Stelzer, Thom Frühwirth
      Pages 195-204
  7. Back Matter

About these proceedings


While sailing has a long tradition, both as a means of transportation and as a sport, robotic sailing is a fairly new area of research. One of its unique characteristics is the use of wind for propulsion. On the one hand, this allows for long range and long term autonomy. On the other hand, the dependency on changing winds presents a serious challenge for short and long term planning, collision avoidance, and boat control. Moreover, building a robust and seaworthy sailing robot is no simple task, leading to a truly interdisciplinary engineering problem.

These proceedings summarize the state of the art as presented at the International Robotic Sailing Conference 2011. Following an overview of the history of autonomous sailing a number of recent boat designs is presented, ranging from small one-design boats to vessels built to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Subsequently, various aspects of system design and validation are discussed, further highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of the field. Finally, methods for collision avoidance, localization and route planning are covered.


Autonomous Robots Collision Avoidance Long Term Autonomy Navigation Robotic Sailing

Editors and affiliations

  • Alexander Schlaefer
    • 1
  • Ole Blaurock
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Robotics and Cognitive SystemsUniversity of LuebeckLübeckGermany
  2. 2.Fachbereich Elektrotechnik und InformatikUniversity of Applied Sciences LuebeckLübeckGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-22835-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-22836-0
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