Underwater robotics competition won by China for first time
A team of students from an engineering university in northeast China has won the 21st International RoboSub Competition, which was held in the US city of San Diego from July 30 to August 5. It is the first time a team from outside the US or Canada has won the underwater robotics contest.
The winning team, from Harbin Engineering University (HEU) in Heilongjiang Province, was awarded US$7,000 in prize money for building an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that navigated a series of tasks based on games of chance found in a casino.
An autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) called Diving Dragon has recently been accepted by the China Ocean Mineral Resources R & D Association, marking China's first full intellectual property rights ownership for deep sea equipment, China News Agency reports.
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Each team's AUV had to find its way to the casino entrance, 'shoot craps' (touch buoys), 'play the slot machines' (manipulation/torpedoes), 'play roulette' (drop markers) and 'cash in' (retrieve objects), before visiting two locations to purchase extra chips (PDF).
A team from HEU has participated in the contest every year since 2010 and their best performance before this year's victory was fourth place in 2012 and 2017.
Second place went to the National University of Singapore and École de Technologie Supérieure, a public engineering school in Montreal, Canada, was third.
Launched in 1998 by non-profit American organisation RoboNation, the RoboSub contest chal....