The Autonomous Robotic Vehicle Project (ARVP) was founded in 1996 as a means for students at the University of Alberta to develop, apply and promote technologies related to the field of robotics. Members of the ARVP are interdisciplinary and come from various backgrounds and faculties such as the Faculty of Engineering, Computing Science, and the Faculty of Business. These students gain the necessary skills and technical understanding of the different processes involved in the design, construction and testing of autonomous vehicles in order prepare them for a possible career in the field of robotic systems.
From 1996 to 2006, ARVP was involved exclusively with ground-based autonomous vehicles and had many great successes. Since then, the focus shifted to underwater-based autonomous vehicles. This year, ARVP accepted the challenge put forth by the 2017 International RoboSub Competition, hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). It will be held on July 24-30, 2017 at the SSC Pacific TRANSDEC. San Diego, CA.
This year, the team will be entering the competition with a brand new robot! Its grand unveiling is only a few weeks away on June 24, 2017.