Autonomous underwater robotics is an exciting challenge in engineering, which students get to experience at SAUVC. The competition is great learning ground for students to experience the challenges of AUV system engineering and develop skills in the related fields of mechanical, electrical and software engineering.
Students 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 students 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.
Intelligent Marine Vehicle Team (SAUVC-CN-01)
Northwestern Polytechnical University
Far Eastern Federal University
|Final Rank||Team ID||Team Name||Institute||Location||Qualifiers Rank|
|1||SAUVC-CN-01||Intelligent Marine Vehicle Team||Northwestern Polytechnical University||🇨🇳Xi'an, China||7|
|2||SAUVC-IN-12||Tiburon||NIT Rourkela||🇮🇳Rourkela, India||14|
|3||SAUVC-RU-01||FEFU/IMTP||Far Eastern Federal University||🇷🇺Vladivostok, Russia||5|
|4||SAUVC-IN-09||Team AUV MPSTME||Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering||🇮🇳Mumbai, India||10|
|4||SAUVC-ID-01||NUSANTARA-AUV II||Bogor Agricultural University||🇮🇩Bogor, Indonesia||11|
|5||SAUVC-SG-04||Team NP-1||Ngee Ann Polytechnic||🇸🇬Singapore||9|
|6||SAUVC-LK-01||Yathra||University of Peradeniya||🇱🇰Peradeniya, Sri Lanka||7|
|7||SAUVC-HK-02||CityU Underwater Robotics||City University of Hong Kong||🇭🇰Hong Kong||1|
|7||SAUVC-MY-03||UTeM Panther||Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka||🇲🇾Melaka, Malaysia||2|
|7||SAUVC-IN-13||KAIJU||Sri Venkateswara College Of Engineering||🇮🇳Sriperambudur, India||4|
|7||SAUVC-PK-01||NEOTERICS||Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering||🇵🇰Islamabad, Pakistan||6|
|7||SAUVC-HK-03||Uprising||The Hong Kong Polytechnic University||🇭🇰Hong Kong||12|
|7||SAUVC-SG-06||MECATRON - Merlion||Nanyang Technological Univerisity||🇸🇬Singapore||13|
|7||SAUVC-BD-01||BRACU DUBURI||BRAC University||🇧🇩Dhaka, Bangladesh||15|
|8||SAUVC-TH-01||Zeabus||Kasetsart University||🇹🇭Bangkok, Thailand||3|
|Team ID||Team Name||Institute||Location|
|SAUVC-BD-01||BRACU DUBURI||BRAC University||🇧🇩Dhaka, Bangladesh|
|SAUVC-CN-01||Intelligent Marine Vehicle Team||Northwestern Polytechnical University||🇨🇳Xi'an, China|
|SAUVC-HK-01||Dolphin||The Hong Kong Polytechnic University||🇭🇰Hong Kong|
|SAUVC-HK-02||CityU Underwater Robotics||City University of Hong Kong||🇭🇰Hong Kong|
|SAUVC-HK-03||Uprising||The Hong Kong Polytechnic University||🇭🇰Hong Kong|
|SAUVC-ID-01||NUSANTARA-AUV II||Bogor Agricultural University||🇮🇩Bogor, Indonesia|
|SAUVC-IN-05||The Marine Robotics Team||K. J. Somaiya College of Engineering||🇮🇳Mumbai, India|
|SAUVC-IN-07||Team AUV-RIGNITC||National Institute of Technology Calicut||🇮🇳Calicut, India|
|SAUVC-IN-09||Team AUV MPSTME||Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering||🇮🇳Mumbai, India|
|SAUVC-IN-11||DTU AUV||Delhi Technological University||🇮🇳Delhi, India|
|SAUVC-IN-12||Tiburon||NIT Rourkela||🇮🇳Rourkela, India|
|SAUVC-IN-13||KAIJU||Sri Venkateswara College Of Engineering||🇮🇳Sriperambudur, India|
|SAUVC-IN-15||AUV-ZHCET||Zakir Husain College of Engg. & Tech.||🇮🇳Aligarh, India|
|SAUVC-IN-17||Trident Labs||Vishwakarma Institute of Technology||🇮🇳Pune, India|
|SAUVC-IN-21||VARUNA||Sri Sairam College Of Engineering||🇮🇳Bangalore, India|
|SAUVC-IN-23||Team Stallions AUV||Institute of Technology, Nirma University||🇮🇳Ahmedabad, India|
|SAUVC-LK-01||Yathra||University of Peradeniya||🇱🇰Peradeniya, Sri Lanka|
|SAUVC-MY-01||TUAH||Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka||🇲🇾Melaka, Malaysia|
|SAUVC-MY-03||UTeM Panther||Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka||🇲🇾Melaka, Malaysia|
|SAUVC-PK-01||NEOTERICS||Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering||🇵🇰Islamabad, Pakistan|
|SAUVC-RU-01||FEFU/IMTP||Far Eastern Federal University||🇷🇺Vladivostok, Russia|
|SAUVC-SG-02||Team Hornet||National University of Singapore||🇸🇬Singapore|
|SAUVC-SG-03||RayX||Singapore University of Technology and Design||🇸🇬Singapore|
|SAUVC-SG-04||Team NP-1||Ngee Ann Polytechnic||🇸🇬Singapore|
|SAUVC-SG-06||MECATRON - Merlion||Nanyang Technological Univerisity||🇸🇬Singapore|
|SAUVC-TH-01||Zeabus||Kasetsart University||🇹🇭Bangkok, Thailand|
The SAUVC competition challenges student 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 explaination of the various tasks of the competition and rules are in the Rulebook.
The competition is open to students from all over the world. A team may consist of up to 8 participants. At least half of the participants must be students at the time of registration.
|Task 1 - Navigation||
Pass through the gate
|Task 2 - Target Acquisition||
Drop the ball in the blue drum
Drop the ball in the red drum with the pinger
Drop the ball in any other red drum
|Task 3 - Target Reacquisition||
Pick up the ball and hold on to it
|Task 4 - Localisation||
Knock the ball off the flare
End of attempt (breach the surface)
Timing Bonus (If end of attempt + 2 successful tasks)
(900 - ) * 0.03 = +
Touch the gate
Touch the bottom of the pool or wall
|10:00 - 11:30||Team Registration & Vehicle Setup||The Hall|
|11:30 - 12:00||
Safety & Administrative Briefing
Competition Rules and Regulations Briefing
|12:00 - 13:30||
Lunch will NOT be provided. Teams can purchase their own lunch from the nearby canteens.
|13:00 – 18:00||
Team Practice and Testing Rounds
|18:00 – 18:30||
Teams may carry their AUVs or choose to leave them in the hall on their allotted tables.
|9:00 - 18:00||
Team Qualification Rounds
Each team give one slot based on the ballot system.
|9:20 - 18:00||
Team Practice Rounds
Time slots for dummy props post qualification run, as allocated by slot manager.
|12:00 – 13:30||Lunch (Bento Box) Collection||Pool Side|
|18:00 – 18:30||
Teams may carry their AUVs or choose to leave them in the hall on their allotted tables.
|18:30||List of qualified teams to be announced||Pool Side|
|08:30 – 17:30||Competition Rounds||Main Arena|
|12:00 - 13:30||Lunch (Bento Box) Collection||Pool Side|
|17:30 – 18:00||Group Photo Session||Pool Side|
|09:15 - 09:30||Address by Chairman of IEEE OES Singapore Chapter||The Hall|
|09:30 - 10:30||Session 1: Talks by Guest Speakers||The Hall|
|10:30 - 11:00||Networking Session & Tea Break||The Hall|
|11:00 - 12:00||Session 2: Talks by Guest Speakers||The Hall|
|12:00 - 13:30||Buffet Lunch||Pool Side|
|13:30 - 14:00||Presentation of Participation Certificates||The Hall|
|14:00 - 15:30||
Panel Discussion moderated by Assoc. Prof. Mandar Chitre
|15:30 - 18:30||Group Photo Session (End of Workshop)||The Hall|
|18:30 - 21:00||
Gala Dinner & Prize Presentation Ceremony
12A Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119222
Senior Principal Research Scientist at University of Washington
Lessons Learned from Twenty Years of Student Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competitions.
Since 1998, close to 10,000 students have participated in the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition (now called RoboSub) initiated by ONR in collaboration with AUVSI. From a judge’s perspective, some team practices have persisted over the years that are candidates for improvement. These practices will be discussed in the presentation.
Thomas Curtin is Senior Principal Research Scientist at the Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington. He served as Chief Scientist at NATO Undersea Research Centre in Italy, Program Manager at the US Office of Naval Research, Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University, and oceanographer at Fisheries Research Institute, Malaysia.
Assistant Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design
Swarming technology for pervasive monitoring of the marine environment.
Swarm Robotics offers a promising approach to the pervasive monitoring of marine environments. Traditional monitoring techniques rely on either a single autonomous robot—autonomous surface vehicle—or a fixed network of sensors. Neither existing technology is suitable or efficacious for the robust monitoring and tracking of dynamic environmental features at the surface of aqueous environments. There is a pressing need for small, low-cost and rapidly deployable autonomous buoys.
Roland Bouffanais is an Assistant Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He received his Ph.D. from EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) in computational science for which he received the prestigious IBM Research Prize in Computational Sciences (2008) and the ERCOFTAC Da Vinci Award Silver Medal (2007). He has been a postdoctoral fellow and associate at MIT and still is a research associate with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT.
Associate Professor at the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
AUV development during the last decade.
Autonomous Underwater Vehicles or Underwater Robots have potential to explore and discover underwater resources and also unearth new knowledge about oceans. In the future, they might construct underwater structures, maintain and repair subsea structures, mine and collect mineral resources, and breed fish in open water autonomously. In this talk Prof Hayato would share some stories on AUV development under him during last decade, which were challenging to create new application of AUVs.
Dr. Hayato Kondo is an Associate Professor at the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology. He received his Master and Bachelor degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Waseda University, and the PhD in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from The University of Tokyo. He spent a year at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the U.S.A. as a guest investigator from 2011 to 2012.
William J Kirkwood
Senior Research and Development Engineer at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Competitions, Workshops, Conferences and Membership: How they can advance your Maritime Career?
In today’s world, young engineers have learned to rely on the World Wide Web as a major source for information and exchange between themselves and their colleagues. The Internet is a powerful resource and without a doubt has made the flow of information faster as well as supplanting many of the traditional methods for interaction, interactions that were previously accomplished within the function of a technical society. This said, the Internet has not and cannot entirely replace all of these interactions and is not capable of various other aspects performed by a technical society. This
William (Bill) Kirkwood has been with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) since 1991, and in that time has held many positions, including Director of Engineering. Bill has also developed a number of vehicles and instruments at MBARI including the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Tiburon, the autonomous vehicle class (AUV) Dorado and the deep ocean Raman systems (DORISS) to name a few.
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 Uber 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, Boxyroom, 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 companies that have sponsored SAUVC until now.
We are currently looking for sponsors for SAUVC 2018. Interested in encouraging students doing underwater robotics? Contact us at [email protected]