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AUVSI and ONR's 11th International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition

July 29 - August 3, 2008

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center
San Diego, California, USA

Contact Information:

- Dave Novick, Sandia National Labs, Technical Director -- rules, procedures, specifications
- Staci Butler, AUVSI, Competition Logistics -- overall logistics, housing, team registration, general information
- Gretchen West, AUVSI, Competition -- Sponsorship and Media Requests

Final Rules for 2008 Now Available

Discuss the mission with Dave and the other teams on the AUVSI's Unmanend Systems Institute Forum.

2008 Competitors

Join the Facebook group for AUVSI Underwater Robot Makers.
Join the Facebook event AUVSI & ONR's 11th International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition.


Intent to Compete Form

Hotel Information
AUVSI has negotiated a substantially discounted rate with the Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island, located 6 miles from SPAWAR Systems Center TRANSDEC Facility, of $169 single/double, excluding applicable tax (12.5% as of January 1, 2008); each additional person in the room is $15. Parking is $17 overnight.

Reservations will be accepted through Monday, June 30. You can make your reservation online or by phone. To reserve online, please visit, click on Reservations, enter your desired dates and enter AUV as the Group Code. To reserve by phone, call (800) HILTONS (445.8667); be sure to mention the group code AUV to receive the discounted room rate. Reservations made after June 30, will be on a space-available basis and available hotel rates will prevail.

NOTE: The hotel swimming pool will be available for testing purposes after 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; and after 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. We are working on other arrangements for swimming pools in the area.

Click here for 2007 final standings and scoresheet

2007 JAUS Challenges
The JAUS WG is working with the AUVSI student competition organizers to include a JAUS Challenge in the student competitions. These challenges are used to introduce JAUS to the student teams.

NEST Presentation (pdf 2MB)
NEST Primer Document (pdf 2MB)
Image Processing Primer - March 2008 (pdf 2MB)
The Naval Engineering Support Team (NEST) is comprised of several Navy engineers from around the country who are available to teams competing in the AUVSI AUV competition. The NEST engineers have different experiences to lend and are available to competing teams to help with engineering, testing and logistical issues faced during the design and development process.

The NEST will provide assistance where possible and potentially conduct onsite visits - visits are conducted on a first come first served basis for those groups who would like to have that interface. NEST is excited to have the opportunity to help in any way possible. Please download the pdf presentation for more information.

NEST Hardware Library
The Naval Engineering Support Team has compiled a collection of hardware that can be used on AUV's in satistying underwater tasks like those in the AUVSI competition.  This collection of hardware can be borrowed by the competing teams during their vehicle development.  Teams can borrow these items for testing and evaluation purposes during the year.  Items include pingers, hydrophones, IMU's and compasses.  Please contact your regional representative for more information.

Media Coverage of 2007 Event
AUVSI Press Release - AUV Competition Results
Missing SMU robot found

Robot Subs Head to the Races
Florida Gators Championship Streak Continues; First Football, Then Basketball and Now...Robotics?
Exploring the Deep with SONIA
Sun Microsystems: Spotlight on the ETS SONIA Project

View past competition information.

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