The competition consisted of teams from 19 schools, colleges and universities competing for $20,000 in scholarship money. To win the vehicles need to complete three mission goals, completely autonomously, without any direct human supervision. These were to,
- Rendezvous with a "docking station."
- Find and mark a break in an underwater pipeline.
- Home in on an acoustic beacon within a marked surface zone.
|CREDIT: University of Florida|
However if you're interested in underwater vehicles, you might want to start with something a bit simpler that an autonomous robot and try to build a homebrew underwater ROV (via Slashdot and Engadget).