At the recent Robosub event held at the SSC Pacific TRANSDEC Anechoic (non-echoing) pool, in San Diego, California, the Japanese team from the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Fukuoka, Japan, competed an advanced robot submarine of their design, named the “Darya Bird.” After the finals, the team ranked 17th out of 39 competing teams. See the Kyushu Institute of Technology, Fukuoka, Japan, for more info on the team. The subs were challenged with autonomously moving through the water and then recognizing an underwater target. Then, the subs were tasked with hovering in a stationary mode, observing the identified target.
Finals were broadcast via live streaming video on August 3rd. RoboSub is sponsored by the US Office of Naval Research and the AUVSI Foundation – the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. Team and static sub image by Tom Atwood; underwater shots courtesy of the Kyushu Institute of Technology. A report on the event will be in a future issue of Robot. For more details on this entry, please visit https://sites.google.com/site/daryabird/