AIMM ICCWelcome to the Artificial Intelligence Maritime Maneuver Indiana Collegiate Challenge, also referred to as AIMM ICC. We are excited to partner with you and explore the possibilities within the challenge.

This page serves to provide an overview of the event, key dates and upcoming events, rules and regulations, points of contact and team leads. 


Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division (NSWC Crane) with the support of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) will host the AIMM ICC April 26-28, 2024 at Pokagon State Park, Indiana. This event was created after Congressman Jim Banks (IN-3) led a congressional funding addition for a partnership between Trine University and NSWC Crane – focused on advancing the AIMM effort. 

The unique partnership, funded by ONR, focuses on providing a low-cost, easy-to-build, low profile vessel (LPV) that can be made fully autonomous for a variety of mission sets; supply deliver system, stealth missions, locator purposes, etc. 

The grant allowed Trine University to purchase state-of-the-art equipment used to aid in the design and build of LPVs that will be distributed to each university participating in the challenge. Each university will not only receive a built LPV and sensor package, but will also receive financial stipends to offset materials and labor. 

  • $40k stipend for labor, materials and travel (additional materials for the LPV cannot exceed $5k)

Purpose of the challenge: To demonstrate the ability to make a fully autonomous LPVand develop solutions for a mixed set of objectives. Specific details for the competition challenges will be provided during the University Kickoff meeting on Sept. 22, 2023.

Key Dates and Upcoming Events

Date Event
September 22 2023 University Kickoff Meeting (Virtual)
TBD (Mid-October timeframe)  Boat Distribution to Universities
October 2023  Office Hours
October 13 2023  Participant Roster Due
November 2023  Office Hours
TBD  Fall Semester Progress Update
December 2023  Office Hours
January 2024  Office Hours
February 2024  Office Hours
March 2024  Office Hours
April 8 2024 Final Report Due
April 25-27 2024  AIMM ICC Final Event

*Office Hours: NSWC Crane will provide virtual monthly office hours with technical advisors and leads to address any questions/concerns your team may have. Questions may be submitted prior to the office hours or during office hours. Dates and times are TBD, but will be updated and invites will be sent out to the universities. 

*Please note dates and times are always subject to change, but we will communicate early and often to avoid any confusion. 

Points of Contact

NSWC Crane

Trine University


  • Kelly Cooper: Program Officer
  • Christine Buzzell: Program Officer