NEW DELHI: IIT Bombay's autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) 'Matsya' has secured the second position in AUVSI Robosub 2016. It was adjudged the best performance by an Asian team. The team beat six-time winner Cornell University but lost the first position by a small margin to Caltech University, according to IITB release.
This year, the Robosub competition was held during July 27-31 in San Diego, California. More than 45 universities from around the world competed to create the most effective autonomous submarine. The teams were judged on their designs, technological innovations and performance in a series of obstacle courses. In this competition, the robots are autonomous, their actions are pre-programmed and they are on their own to complete the objectives without any intervention from the teams.
AUV-IITB's Matsya qualified on the first day itself, performed exceptionally in the semi-finals and finals without any retries, according to IITB statement.
Some other tasks that Matsya performed efficiently include identifying colored objects, locating sound sources, dropping markers and shooting torpedoes. Matsya was the only team to attempt all tasks barring one. As a result, Matsya received accolades from the competition organizers.
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