AUVSI and ONR's 11th International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition, July 29 - August 3, 2008, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center TRANSDEC Facility, San Diego, California, USA. Co-sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the goal of this competition is to advance the development of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) by challenging a new generation of engineers to perform realistic missions in an underwater environment. This event also serves to foster ties between young engineers and the organizations developing AUV technologies.
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is the world's largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems community. AUVSI's 6,000 members worldwide come from government organizations, industry and academia. AUVSI is committed to fostering, developing, and promoting unmanned systems and related technologies.
(NOTE : Video above is from last year's 10th International AUV competition)
Students from the University of Maryland School of Engineering took first prize at this competition.
Press Release :
Arlington, VA-Aug. 5, 2008- In just their second attempt, students from the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering took first prize at AUVSI and the Office of Naval Research (ONR)'s 11th International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition, held July 29-Aug. 3 in San Diego, Calif.
Twenty-five teams from around the world competed in this year's event, held at the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare SystemsCenter's TRANSDEC Facility. In the final event, autonomous underwater vehicles had to dead-reckon about 50 feet through a starting gate, follow a pipeline, dock with a buoy, track and hover over an acoustic "pinger," and grab an object and carry it to a floating ring.
The Robotics@Maryland team faced some tough challenges along the way, according to the school's web site. "Despite losing our main vehicle computer, busting a thruster propeller, temporarily losing our firewire cameras and watching three team members' laptops die-including mine-the group worked together and handled each problem in turn," says Joseph Gland, the graduate student advisor for the team.
The rankings and awards:
1) University of Maryland - $7,000
2) University of Texas at Dallas - $5,000
3) École de technologie supérieure - $3,000
4) University of Florida - $2,000
5) United States Naval Academy - $1,000
6) University of Victoria
7) Cornell University
8) Florida Atlantic University
9) Delhi College of Engineering
10) San Diego City College
In addition, these competitors received $500 and the following awards:
Best New Entry (University of Colorado)
Most Improved (Delhi College of Engineering)
Tupperware Use Award (University of Wisconsin)
Persistence in Adversity (University of Ottawa)
Innovation Award (Norwich University).
The teams had to develop fully autonomous vehicles that could carry out the simulated missions with no remote operation.
"This competition is about more than the incredible technological expertise of the competitors, it's about teamwork and camaraderie across team lines," said Daryl Davidson, Executive Director of AUVSI. "Nothing is top secret here, all of the students come to win, but they see the course as their rival, not the other teams. They talk, they share ideas, they help each other ... it's remarkable."
1 University of Maryland
2 University of Texas at Dallas
3 École de technologie supérieure
4 University of Florida
5 United States Naval Academy
6 University of Victoria
7 Cornell University
8 Florida Atlantic University
9 Delhi College of Engineering
10 San Diego City College
11 San Diego iBotics
12 University of Ottawa
13 Amador Valley High School
14 Southern Methodist University
15 University of Southern California
16 Georgia Tech
17 University of Alberta
18 University of Colorado at Boulder
19 Kyushu Institute of Technology
20 Universite Laval
21 Southern Polytechnic State University
22 University of West Florida
23 University of Wisconsin
24 North Carolina State University
25 Norwich University