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 to 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.
For this year, however, due to the pandemic, all in-person aspects of the 2021 RoboSub competition are cancelled. While this is unfortunate to hear and difficult to accept with all the hard work put in throughout the year, it is the right call to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Regardless, we would not jeopardize the health of our members for the sake of competition.
The competition has transitioned to an online format where the competitors will be evaluated on a different set of online submittable criteria, as listed below.
These three deliverables are due June 27, 2021. You can find more details of the modified rule set on the RoboSub Website.