So what exactly is an AUV?
AUV stands for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, or a fully submersible robot that can complete tasks on its own, without any human interaction. The challenge in creating an AUV lies in the word autonomous, as designing a robot to adapt to various conditions, from simple changes in light throughout the day to determining what task should be completed first is immensely difficult.
Our AUV is named Seabee, and after we program certain tasks for her to undertake and place her in the water, Seabee attempts to complete these tasks on her own using data from sensors such as cameras and accelerometers. The combined efforts of our four sub teams come together to ensure that Seabee is able to complete as many tasks as possible in an efficient way every time we place her in the water.