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International robotic submarine competition : Florida engineering Won
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International robotic submarine competition : Florida engineering Won :: 17 July, 2007

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A University of Florida engineering team on Sunday won an international robotic submarine competition for the third year in a row, beating 27 other teams from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgia Tech and Cornell and other universities.

SubjuGator 6, UF’s completely revamped 53-pound robotic submarine, was the only one able to complete the most challenging task in this year’s International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition in San Diego, said Eric Schwartz, faculty adviser to the team and associate director of UF’s Machine Intelligence Laboratory.

That task involved finding, picking up and retrieving a treasure chest. It was the last challenge in the four-day, pirate-themed competition, Schwartz said.
“It was close until the end because there are several tasks to perform,” he said. “The task we got at the end, no one else could perform, and it was worth as many points as all the other tasks combined.”

Following last year’s victory, the UF team rebuilt SubjuGator for the first time, adding an expensive sensor donated by Harris Corp. that “allowed us to do things in a whole new way,” Schwartz said. Besides picking up the treasure chest, SubjuGator 6 docked with buoys, followed submerged pipelines and performed other tasks. As a result of the victory, the UF team took home $8,000 in prize money.

UF has participated in the robotic submarine competition, sponsored in part by the U.S. Navy, every year since it started in 1998. This year’s team is composed of more than a dozen undergraduate and graduate students in electrical and mechanical engineering. Kevin Claycomb, a doctoral student in electrical engineering, served as the project leader

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About SubjuGator :
SubjuGator is an autonomous underwater vehicle designed and built by students of the Machine Intelligence Lab (MIL) at the University of Florida. Since the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) underwater competitions started in 1998, SubjuGator has been there, placing in the top 3 six times, including first place in 2005 and in 2006.

SubjuGator 6 (shown above right) is our etirely new autonomous submarine, designed and built for the 2007 AUVSI and ONR's 10th International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition. For more information about our entry for this year's competition, select 2007 SubjuGator.

About The competation-
Starting in 1998, the Association for Unmanned Vehicles System International (AUVSI) teamed up with the Office for Naval Research (ONR) to offer an annual Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) competition. The goal of this competition is to advance the state-of-the-art in AUVs by challenging a new generation of engineers to perform realistic missions in the remote underwater environment. SubjuGator has competed in all eight AUV competitions (1998-2006), placing third, second, seventh, third, third, eighth, seventh, first and first, respectively.
History & Previous Design of the competation-
Started as a project in 1996, SubjuGator has gone through many redesigns. Both its mission and electronics have changed, requiring modification to the body. Eight prior visits to the AUVSI UUV competition has provided motivation and direction for improvements.
The following shows SubjuGator's past five designs. Note that even when the basic submarine design was not changed from one year to the next, much of the mechanical and electrical hardware was generally improved.
Generation Six (more info!)
2006-2007
Competition: place
2007: TBD
For the tenth competion.
Generation Five A (more info!)
2004-2006
Competition: place
2005: 1st
2006: 1st
Used for the eighth competion and rebuilt for the ninth competition. For 2006 we rebuilt the SubjuGator with about 70% new parts. Almost all of the electronics was new, we had a new body, new hard points, new external electronics box and a new hydrophone array.
Generation Four
2003-2004
Competition: place
2004: 7th

For the seventh competition only.
Generation Three
1999-2003
Competitions: place
2000: 7th
2001: 3rd
2002: 3rd
2003: 8th

From the conclusion of the second competition to the seventh competition.

Generation Two
1998-1999
Competition: place
1999: 2nd

From the conclusion of the first competition to the second competition.
Generation One
1996-1998
Competition: place
1998: 3rd
From the project inception in 1996 to the first AUVSI competition in 1998.

2007 competition -
The competition will be from July 11-July 15, 2007 at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in San Diego,CA.
We built an entirely new SubjuGator 6 (both body and electronics) for this competiton. With SubjuGator 6, we upgraded to more powerful sensors and a faster computer system; we are using Microsoft's Robotic Studio for control and simulation. The mechanical system of SubjuGator 6 continues our recent tradition of a small, light weight, submarine, but also gives us the capability of augmenting it with more sensors and actuators in the future.

2007 SubjuGator Sponsors (Sept 2006-July 2007) -
Harris, Intel Corporation ,Lockheed Martin ,The UF College of Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,Teledyne,PNI ,IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) , Dundas Data Visualization ,Fischer Connectors ,MaxAmp,G. Shokes ,Other financial supporters include MIL alumni: Scott Kanowitz and Scott Nortman

Release link: http://insideuf.ufl.edu/

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respected sir, I m a final year student electronics engineering. I want to make a autonomous submarine for my final year project.will u please guide me to achive this? can u please send me some important data to make it. Do the needful for me. thanks.
Posted by: of surat,gujarat,india 21 July, 2007 06:02

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