Robotics Club Underwater Vehicle Gets 4th Place at San Diego Competition
Stray surface reflections confused the sensors
on the UCF Robot Club's submersible, spoiling
the chance for a possible 2nd place finish
during the Association for Unmanned Vehicle
Systems International (AUVSI) Autonomous
Underwater Vehicle Competition held in San
Diego July 28 through August 2.
underwater vehicle first had to qualify by maneuvering
through an underwater gate. A series of tasks
required the vehicle to find a buoy, shoot a
missile at a target, drop depth charges, travel
a suitcase and surface in a prescribed location.
Cornell University’s submersible completed the
most of these various tasks, gaining the competition’s
Robotics Club 2009 Competition Wrap-up
“The Robotics Club has had a fantastic year,” said
Barber, “3rd place at IEEE SoutheastCon, 1st
place at the Autonomous Surface Vehicle Competition,
and 4th at the AUVC. These activities are the best
way to get students interested in engineering and
computer science and working in a team, giving them
the opportunity to apply what they've learned in
the classroom. “When they enter the workforce
they can begin contributing to advanced projects
Left: S.S. Boatname
Robotics Club autonomous vehicle competition members (left to right): faculty advisor Daniel Barber, team captain Ross Kerley, Cassondra Puklavage, Chris Bunty, Jonathan Mohlenhoff, graduate advisor Gary Stein, Mike Podel, Travis Goldberg. In the center: the triumphant S.S. Boatname.
The IST-sponsored UCF Robotics Club came home with a third place win robot competition held March 5 -8 in Atlanta. Competition was among 37 teams required to build a small autonomous "Recycling Robot" capable of locating, collecting and sorting different cans and glass and plastic bottles.
March 5-8, Atlanta — 3rd Place
UCF Team members are students Gary Stein (graduate student advisor/programming, construction), Cassondra Puklavage (team captain), Johathan Mohlenhoff (electronics), Paul Nelson (electronics), Michael Scherer (construction) and Christopher Nergard (construction). IST faculty advisor is Daniel Barber.
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