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.
Far Eastern Federal University
Bogor Agricultural University
Intelligent Marine Vehicle Team (SAUVC-CN-02)
Northwestern Polytechnical University
CityU Underwater Robotics - Pioneer(SAUVC-HK-02)
City University of Hong Kong
Team AUV MPSTME (SAUVC-IN-05)
Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering
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.
The competition is open to participants 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
|11:30 - 12:00
Safety & Administrative Briefing
Competition Rules and Regulations Briefing
|12:00 - 14:00
Team Practice and Testing Rounds #1
|14:00 – 15:30
Inauguration & Walk-About - Chief Guest
|15:30 – 18:00
Team Practice and Testing Rounds #2
|18:00 – 18:30
|9:00 - 18:00
Team Qualification Rounds
Team Interviews and Photographs
|9:20 - 18:00
Team Practice Rounds
|12:00 – 13:30
|13:00 - 14:00
|Introductory Workshop on Underwater Robotics
|14:00 – 15:00
|15:00 – 16:00
|18:00 – 18:30
|08:30 – 17:30
Team Interviews and Photographs
|12:00 - 13:30
|17:30 – 18:00
|09:00 - 09:30
|Talk : Growing a student-run Robotics Team – Bumblebee Autonomous Systems - Liu Ren Jie
|09:30 - 10:00
|Talk : Autonomous robotics networks for underwater surveillance - Gabriele Ferri
|10:00 - 10:30
|Networking Session & Tea Break
|10:30 - 12:00
|12:00 - 13:30
Group Photo Session
|13:30 - 14:00
|Talk : Robotics in Our Daily Lives - Marcelo H. Ang, Jr.
|14:00 - 14:30
|Talk : Using a simulation environment (virtual competition) to enhance the performance of autonomous vehicles - Kelly Cooper
|14:30 - 15:00
|Talk : Improving Productivity in Deep Water AUV Surveys - Richard Mills
|15:00 - 15:30
|Talk : Plastics in the Food Web. A problem for future technology solutions - William J. Kirkwood
|15:30 - 16:00
|Presentation of Participation Certificates
|18:30 - 21:00
Kelly B. Cooper
Program Officer, Office of Naval Research
Using a simulation environment (virtual competition) to enhance the performance of autonomous vehicles.
The Office of Naval Research is committed to supporting continued engagement and growth of students. The ONR also sponsors multiple robotics programs managed by RoboNation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing a pathway of hands-on educational experiences that empower students to find innovative solutions to global challenges. This talk will discuss some of the programming that exists including SeaPerch, RoboBoat, RoboSub, Maritime RobotX and a new Virtual RobotX competition.
Ms. Kelly B. Cooper is a Program Officer at the Office of Naval Research, Mission Capable, Persistent and Survivable Naval Platforms Department, Advanced Naval Platforms Division where she specializes in Naval ship design sciences, especially design generation, and modeling & simulation using advanced computational techniques. She initiated a variety of student robotics competitions for the US Navy, including the Maritime RobotX Challenge, RoboBoat and SeaPerch.
Director of Marine Robotics Sales, Kongsberg Maritime
Improving Productivity in Deep Water AUV Surveys.
Productivity can be measured in many ways: effective survey time, area coverage rates, data volume and so on. With productivity in mind Kongsberg has introduced the HUGIN Superior, a 6000-meter rated AUV which is configured with best of everything that can fit into an AUV. This talk will showcase the various technologies that have gone into the HUGIN Superior including synthetic aperture sonar, multibeam echo-sounder, sub-bottom profiler, camera, laser, magnetometer and methane sensors.
Richard Mills is the Director of Marine Robotics Sales with Kongsberg Maritime. He is responsible for the HUGIN and MUNIN Autonomous Underwater Vehicles and K-MATE, the latest generation Unmanned Surface Vessel controller. Leading a team of sales personnel located in Norway, the UK and USA, Richard is based out of the Kongsberg Maritime office in Westhill, Aberdeen.
Marcelo H. Ang, Jr.
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, National University of Singapore
Robotics in Our Daily Lives.
Robotics science and technology have evolved from the seminal applications in industrial robotics and other industries including construction, mining and agriculture. One common theme in these emerging applications is the human-centered nature and applications in unstructured environments, where robotic systems surround humans. This talk reviews the state-of-the-art developments in fundamental capabilities in both hardware and software and will conclude with the challenges in science and technology to further accelerate the robotics revolution.
Marcelo H. Ang, Jr. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the National University of Singapore and also the Acting Director of the Advanced Robotics Center. His research interests span the areas of robotics, mechatronics, autonomous systems, and applications of intelligent systems.
Dr Gabriele Ferri
Research Scientist, NATO STO CMRE
Autonomous robotics networks for underwater surveillance.
Advances in marine robotics have made it possible to detect, localize and track an underwater object autonomously. Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) provides low cost and less resource intensive approach for such tasks. However, a single AUV is limited in its processing capabilities when a large surveillance area is required to be monitored. It has been tested and verified that a group of low cost AUVs operating in a networked configuration can address this issue. In this talk, the performance of autonomous systems in a surveillance application is explored along with their potentialities and the challenges.
Dr Gabriele Ferri is a Research Scientist at the CMRE where he investigates novel approaches for the autonomy of AUVs in ASW applications. He has been the Technical Director of SAUC-E from 2014 to 2018 Student Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Challenge-Europe and of euRathlon 2014 and 2015 robot competitions and Technical Director of the European Robotics League Emergency 2017.
William J Kirkwood
Senior Research and Development Engineer at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Plastics in the Food Web. A problem for future technology solutions.
There are more than 51 trillion pieces of microplastic in our oceans. This plastic is having an impact on every part of our ocean and on every person dependent on the food web. This plastic waste has reached depths over 10km deep and has been found frozen into icebergs. Now, what do we do? With the help of advanced instrumentation and robotics we are starting to be able identify these plastics and trace them to their source. This talk discusses the issue and gives background on the science and impacts to the environment we live in. Then discusses the challenges this places on the future for society and begins to give hints at some of the technology approaches being considered to correct this issue.
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.
Liu Ren Jie
Technical Lead, NUS, Bumblebee Autonomous Systems
Growing a student-run Robotics Team – Bumblebee Autonomous Systems.
Team Bumblebee started out with just 7 undergraduate students 7 years ago. It was with much effort and dedication that the team is able to sustain and grow beyond what many initially thought was not possible; developing 3 generations of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles and 2 generations of Autonomous Surface Vessels to represent Singapore in international autonomous vehicle competitions.. This talk will share how Team Bumblebee manages the challenges of sustaining and growing a student-run team, from the topics of Knowledge Management to Competition Preparations.
Ren Jie is a Year 4 Electrical Engineering student from the National University of Singapore. He joined Team Bumblebee as a freshman and was part of the first ever “Hornet Training Program” designed by Team Bumblebee to nurture new talents. He went on to become the Electrical Lead after the Hornet Program and took up the role of the Technical Lead in his final year. He has since participated in 3 RoboSub and 2 Maritime RobotX Competitions.
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
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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 2019. Interested in encouraging underwater robotics? Contact us at [email protected]