Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Compete at AUVSI Foundation’s RoboSub

Cornell AUVSI Isotropic_final2

Robots got wet.  Engineering teams were challenged.  At RoboSub 2014 students design and build autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) capable of performing realist missions in the underwater environment.  1st place winner Cornell AUV team provided us with a SolidWorks model of their winning design.

There were 36 university teams from 11 countries and two high school teams that participated.

IIT Madras

Sponsored by the AUVSI Foundation and Office of Naval Research, the 17th annual RoboSub international competition was held at the SSC Pacific TRANSDEC, San Diego, CA, USA.

California Institute of Technology2California Institute of Technology (2)

The Mission was clearly defined.  An AUV must demonstrate the ability to stop, interact with traffic lights, complete a parking task, avoid speed traps,and toss coins into a toll booth.

AVBotz at RoboSubAVBotz SolidWorks Renderings

The AUV manipulates pegs on a board and finds a pinger, grabs a “moon rock” and moves the rock to a release position. The  AVBotz team from Amador Valley High School was up for the task.

ETS - Canada

ETS had a great poster to explain their system.


There was even a demonstration by Sea Perch for younger engineers.

Carl Hayden Falcon RoboticsUniversity of Arizonia AUVUA

Studets also face a grueling design presentation to a panel of distinguished judges from the Office of Navel Research, Autonomous Undersea Systems, SPAWAR SSC Pacific, NATO Undersea Research Center, Department of the Navy, Penn State and Virginia Institute of Technology.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University  Far Eastern Federal University Russia getting ready

SubjugatorUniversity of AlbertaSDSU Mechatronics Club

Thank you teams for sharing your SolidWorks designs and the RoboSub experience with the SolidWorks Community. Marie




Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard