Teams from nine Asian universities are among the 40 schools that qualified to compete this week, at the 17th Annual International RoboSub Competition, sponsored by the AUVSI Foundation – the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International – and held at the SSC Pacific TRANSDEC Anechoic pool, San Diego, California.
The Asian teams include university students from China, India, Japan, Russia, Singapore, and Thailand.
Co-sponsored by the US 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. The event also serves to foster ties between young engineers and the organizations developing AUV technologies.
The Annual RoboSub Competition is an important key to keeping young engineers excited about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math and has been tremendously successful in recruiting students into the high-tech field of maritime robotics.
This year’s event is 28 July – 3 August; Qualifying runs began on Tuesday, 29 July. Static judging begins tomorrow, 31 July, and final runs will be held on 3 August.
Twelve countries are represented, with 22 teams from US universities, high schools, and a home-school group; five teams from Canada; four teams from India; and one team each from China, Egypt, Iceland, Japan, Russia, Singapore, Sweden Thailand, and Turkey.
2014 RoboSub team competitors:
Ain Shams University (ASU Racing Team): Cairo, Egypt
Amador Valley High School: Pleasanton, California
California Institute of Technology: Pasadena, California
California State Polytechnic University: Pomona, California
Carl Hayden High School (Falcon Robotics): Phoenix, Arizona
Cornell University: Ithaca, New York
Daytona Beach Homeschoolers (S.S. Minnow): Palm Coast, Florida
Delhi Technological University: Delhi, India
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Daytona Beach, Florida
Far Eastern Federal University:Vladivostok, Russian Federation
Harbin Engineering University: Harbin, China
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay: Mumbai, India
Indian Institute of Technology Madras: Chennai, India
Istanbul Technical University (AUVTECH): Istanbul, Turkey
Kasetsart University: Bangkok, Thailand
Kyushu Institute of Technology: Fukuoka, Japan
Mälardalen University: Västerås, Sweden
McGill University (McGill Robotics): Montreal, Canada
Montana State University: Bozeman, Montana
Nautilus: Temecula, California
Prairie View A&M University: Prairie View, Texas
Reykjavik University: Reykjavik, Iceland
RoboEgypt Electronic Research Institute: Alexandria, Egypt
Robosub Club of the Palouse:
- Washington State University, Pullman, WA
- University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
San Diego City College: San Diego, California
San Diego Robotics 101: San Diego, California
San Diego State University Mechatronics Club: San Diego, California
Southern Polytechnic State University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Team: Marietta, Georgia
St. George's School: Vancouver, Canada
Team BangaloreRobotics: Bangalore, India
Team SONIA - École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS): Montreal, Canada
University of Alberta (ARVP): Edmonton, Canada
University of Arizona (AUVUA): Tucson, Arizona
University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, Colorado
University of Florida: Gainesville, Florida
University of Maryland: College Park, Maryland
University of Southern California: Los Angeles, California
University of Toronto: Toronto, Canada
Good luck to the competitors! OE