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. This year, ARVP accepted the challenge put forth by the 2020 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 August 3-9, 2020 at the SSC Pacific TRANSDEC. San Diego, CA.