Autonomous underwater robotics is an exciting challenge in engineering, which participants get to experience at SAUVC. The competition is great learning ground for participants to experience the challenges of AUV system engineering and develop skills in the related fields of mechanical, electrical and software engineering.
Participants will have access to mentors and support. Teams will be assigned liaisons who will be able to provide mentorship and technical guidance as the teams work on designing and building their AUVs. SAUVC emphasises outreach, learning and skill development and we want to ensure everyone learns and grows through the course of SAUVC.
The competition will also feature workshops and lectures from world renowned experts in the field of marine robotics and autonomous underwater systems to inspire participants with new ideas and techniques to solve challenges and build an interest in careers related to marine robotics.
The competition is also about meeting others like us, who are also interested in underwater robotics and autonomous systems, to get to know one another, to share ideas and make connections.
The SAUVC competition challenges participant teams to build an AUV which can perform given tasks. These tasks are simulations of tasks operational AUVs would have to be able to perform. The competition is held in a swimming pool and each team's AUV will have to perform 4 tasks. The speed and accuracy at which the AUV performs tasks will be used to decide the winner of the competition.
The tasks involve four widely faced challenges underwater such as AUV navigation, visual identification, acoustic localization and robotic manipulation.
Detailed explanation of the various tasks of the competition and rules are in the Rulebook v4.0.
The competition is open to participants from all over the world. A team may consist of up to 11 participants including faculty supervisors. At least half of the participants must be non-professionals (students, hobbyists, hackerspace members, etc) at the time of registration.
Getting to Singapore
Singapore is one of Southeast Asia's largest aviation hubs, so unless you're coming from Peninsular Malaysia or Batam/Bintan in Indonesia, the easiest way to enter Singapore is by air. In addition to Singapore Airlines and SilkAir, Singapore is also home to low-cost carriers, Scoot and Jetstar Asia. In addition to the locals, every carrier of any size in Asia offers flights to Singapore, with Air Asia and Firefly operating dense networks from Singapore.More Information
Many nationalities can enter Singapore without a visa. Refer to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority for current guidelines. Entry permit duration depends on nationality and entry point. Most people get 14 or 30 days, although EU, Norwegian, Swiss and US passport holders can get up to 90 days. If you are a registered team and need invitation letters to apply for a Visa to Singapore, please contact your Team Liaison.
Getting around Singapore is easy. The public transportation system is extremely easy to use and taxis are reasonably priced. All public transport systems in Singapore use the EZ-link contactless RFID farecard or a Nets Flash Pay card. You can store value on it and use it on trains (MRT) and city buses. The card can be bought at MRT stations can be "topped up" in increments at the farecard vending machines or 7-Eleven stores. Taxis use meters and are reasonably priced and honest. Mobile apps like Gojek and Grab are handy in getting Taxis.More Information
Accommodation in Singapore is expensive by South-East Asian standards. Backpackers' hostels can be found primarily in Little India, Chinatown, Bugis, Clarke Quay and the East Coast at about $25-40 for a dorm bed. Some hostels will rent out whole rooms. Alternatively, the entire dorm room (4 or more beds) can be booked. This provides space for equipment. Check out 65hostel, Airbnb, 9flats for more options.More Information
500 Dover Road
By Public Transport
Singapore Polytechnic is at the door step of Dover MRT (train) Station (EW22 Dover). You can also take buses from various parts of Singapore to either Commonwealth Avenue West, Dover Road or Dover Avenue. Google Maps and Gothere.sg are handy websites for finding out bus routes.
The venue address is Singapore Polytechnic, 500 Dover Road, Singapore 139651. The nearest car park to the venue is near Gate 2 or Gate 3.
We are very grateful and would like to say a big Thank You to all the sponsors of SAUVC over the years.
We are currently looking for sponsors for SAUVC 2020. Interested in encouraging underwater robotics? Contact us at [email protected]