Underwater Challenge

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     The University of Colorado Boulder Robotics Team is proud to present our all new 2017 competition vehicle Leviathan. The mechanical, electrical, and software systems have been built from the ground up to complement our advanced sensor suite. The team is coming into the competition better prepared than ever before, thanks to our new education and collaboration programs. Throughout the past year the team has worked closely with faculty and postgraduate students, to  strengthen the robotics network on campus. Together we strengthened course material, created Senior Capstone projects, and built workshops to focused on expanding robotics knowledge on campus. These Educational efforts developed the team's knowledge and capabilities.

     Leviathan, boasts the team's most advanced sensor package. At the core of our sensing capability is our new Nortek DVL, 7 onboard cameras,an advanced hydrophone array and a PNI Trax IMU. Giving the vehicle full panoramic vision and advanced localization capabilities. Learning from the team's previous mistakes, the vehicle was in water before the end of the spring semester. Over the summer the vehicle is scheduled for over 100 hours of in water testing. The robust test schedule, and emphasis on education the team is better prepared for RoboSub 2017. We are excited to see you all 12ft under Transdec.
Important lessons in scheduling and stability
The Water Buffalo marked the first entry for CU Boulder into the competition
The Water Buffalo Mark II
vast improvements in engineering and sensors

The AUVSI RoboSub Competition

RoboSub is a student competition centerd around a series of visual, acoustic, underwater tasks. Top teams from across the world compete to learn and test their skills
  1. Underwater
    The biggest challenge of this competition is creating a robot that works while submerged. The mechanical aspects must be absolutely water tight
  2. Autonomous
    All operations of the submarine must be completely autonomous. No wires. No remotes. All skill
  3. Visual
    Many of the tasks require visual processing. This requires hefty amounts of processing and a high quality video feed
  4. Audio
    Subs must locate an audio source using underwater microphones. This test the signal processing skills of team members
  5. Sensors
    advanced tools are needed including: Doppler Velocity loggers, pressure sensors, Inertial measurement units, computer vision cameras, and hydrophones
  6. Teamwork
    Most of all the competition test a groups ability to work together. With the broad range of tasks and skills needed no one person could ever hope to complete it

Learn more about our team's code on our GitHub repository