DFRobot sponsored robotic research team Bumblebee have clinched 2nd place out of the 38 teams in the 18th Annual International Robosub Competition!
It is the third time for the team participating in this International competition held in San Diego, and there has been a great improvement in the rankings over these 3 years, where we emerged 7th place in 2013, and 5th place in 2014. A big congratulation to them!
Their project aims to build and design a vehicle or robot that is able to navigate underwater and perform a series of tasks without any remote control assistance. ?The system is targeted to be designed as highly intelligent and robust to changing environmental conditions. Fully autonomy is achieved with an advanced sensor suite and array of powerful actuators. As electrical hardware and kits sponsor, DFRobot will continue to support makers across the globe with more handy, solid and quality building blocks.
This prestigious competition is organised by US Office of Naval Research (ONR), together with Association for Unmanned Systems International (AUVSI). There has been increased global participation, and in 2013 when BBAUV first competed, there were unprecedented 31 teams in total, out of which 15 are new, and 9 international ones from China, Russia, India, Sweden, Israel, Turkey and Spain. BBAUV emerged a first time finalist and 7th overall, and was awarded Best New Entry 2013.
About Team Bumblebee
Bumblebee AUV was formed in Summer 2012. Team Captain 2013 Ong Tian Chang was approached by Prof Mandar from the Acoustic Research Lab in NUS, to form a team and participate in the inaugural Singapore Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Challenge (SAUVC) in March 2013. Gunning for world-class standards from the start, the team started canvassing for sponsorships. To attract more companies, the team decided to also learn rapidly from their first Singapore competition vehicle and rapidly upgrade within 4 months participate in the AUVSI Robosub, held annually in July, in San Diego, USA.