ACSE Students Attend Underwater Robotics Competition in the USA

Good luck to The University of Sheffield Engineering students who have been accepted for the Underwater Robotics Competition in Seattle, USA.

The 2018 MATE international ROV competition will take place on June 21st-23rd at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Centre in Federal Way, WA, USA. This year the competition theme is focused on aircraft wreckage retrieval, earthquakes and energy in the Pacific Northwest.Chassis 3

The MATE ROV competition is an international competition to design and build a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in order to carry out specific tasks under water. In addition to designing and building the robot, the team will also need to complete several non-technical tasks, such as: writing full documentation about their work, and engaging in outreach activities to inspire their community. Teams are expected to act as companies, designing the vehicle as a product, seeking out funding and market their activities.

Khaled Saad, ACSE Mechatronics and Robotics student & project lead comments:

“Working on this competition allows us to apply the theoretical knowledge we learn in The department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering in to practice. We get to put this knowledge in the context of the real world, gaining vital experience that makes us better engineers. This in turn improves our academic studies because we can relate the lessons we learn to real life problems that we have experienced, and so we become much more interested in this knowledge.”

You can view the teams robot in action here:

You can read more about the competition here and we shall keep you posted with the teams progress!