AUVSI Student AUV Competition

Co-sponsored by the U.S. 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 goals of the AUVSI student competitions are to provide opportunities for students to experience the challenges of system engineering, to develop skill in accomplishing realistic missions with autonomous vehicles and to foster relationships between young engineers and the organizations developing and producing autonomous vehicle technologies.

The primary emphases of the AUVSI student competitions are learning and outreach. These events are not grand challenges designed explicitly to progress the state-of-the-art. The objective is to produce the people who will push the envelope in the future. Major innovations may be spawned in these events, but this is a by-product, not an objective. Most important are gaining an appreciation for the trade offs inherent in any system design and the lessons learned in transitioning from a working bench prototype to operating reliably in the real world.

When competitiveness and collegiality are in balance, learning is maximized. The AUVSI competitions strive to maintain this balance. The nominal winners are those teams that have scored the most points. The real winners are all those participants who have learned something lasting about working together to create an autonomous system that accomplishes a challenging mission in a complex environment.

The legacy of the student competitions can be found today throughout government and industry. Employers and venture capitalists seek out prospects with the kind of resourcefulness and team management experience that former competitors offer.



Mike Kapus
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