Engineering Students Qualify for International Robotics Competition

RovMateLargeTwelve engineering students from the University of Sheffield have qualified for the MATE International ROV Competition 2018 which will be taking place in Seattle, USA in June 2018.

The competition asks for teams of students to design and build a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to carry out specific tasks underwater. Like in previous years, there are a number of technical requirements that the ROV has to meet, such as size dimensions or mass.

This year, team are focusing on creating an underwater ROV which can be used to investigate wreckage, explore seabed or support in construction of underwater structures.

Teams from all over the world will be taking part in the competition, not only building their own unique robots but also functioning like a real life company, taking into consideration manufacturing, funding and marketing their design as potential product for design in industry.

Khaled Saad, Team Leader and a MEng Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering student, said: “Last year the team became the first team from England to qualify for the international competition. Being the first English team, we wanted to go for a name that was something ‘British’ so we went for Avalon from the Arthurian legend.

“This year we’re hoping to achieve a position within the top 10 teams.”

Team Avalon is made up of students from a range of Engineering disciplines from the University, including the Departments of: Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

The team have been working with Farnell element14, a distributor of technology products, services and solutions for electronic system design, maintenance and repair, to build the robot. Farnell will be providing the project with the electrical components the team needs.

Khaled said: “Working with Farnell has had a huge impact on the project because it allows us to achieve more by gaining access to better parts and equipment.

“We often utilise the knowledge learned at the University to solve the technical problems we face in the competition. Being in the University also allows us access to a lot of resources and people who can help us with all aspects of the project. Working on this competition allows us to apply the theoretical knowledge we learn in University in practice.”

For further information about Team Avalon, visit their website at The team will also be posting regular updates about the progress of their work in community element14.