Team Tiburon at SAUVC: Conquering International Waters

Team Tiburon at SAUVC: Conquering International Waters

Mar 19, 2018 | Mrinal Chaudhury

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Team Tiburon has been a relatively new addition to the teeming galaxy of teams in NITR that work towards getting hands-on experience and fabricating real-time vehicles. There remains no doubt that Team Tiburon can be dubbed the brightest star on the block now. Team Tiburon develops Autonomous Underwater Vehicle(AUV) under the guidance of Prof. Haraprasad Roy of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The team that came together in 2015 has expanded its horizons to develop its AUV for various novel purposes. Team Tiburon has previously been in news by attaining national acclaim at the Student Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (SAVe), 2017 as it secured the third position at the annual national competition, organized under the aegis of National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai. They competed against the prominent institutes of the country, including the Indian Institute of Technology, which are generally considered to nourish technically advanced brains than those cultivated at NIT Rourkela. The salient features of the version of the vehicle presented there were minimum weight and lowest manufacturing cost amongst all the vehicles displayed.

The team aimed much higher in 2018 and decided to participate in the Singapore Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Challenge(SUAVC) 2018 which was held from 9th March to 12th March. The event was organized by IEEE OES Singapore with support from the National University of Singapore and Singapore Polytechnic. It not only was one of the first teams of NITR to participate in an international challenge, but it also created history by being one of the first ever Indian team to be amongst the top three teams at the Singapore AUV Challenge as well, which had teams participating from 13 countries around the globe. The SAUVC competition challenges student teams to build an AUV which can perform given tasks.

The tasks allotted are simulations of tasks operational AUVs generally perform. The competition is held in a swimming pool and each team's AUV had to perform 4 tasks. The speed and accuracy at which the respective AUVs performed the tasks, were used to decide the winner of the competition.

46 teams from 13 countries had registered. 27 out of the 46 passed the prequalification stage and came down to Singapore. In the next qualifying round, 15 teams out of the 27 were selected on the basis of the time their respective AUV took to cover 10 meters in the pool.

The tasks involved four widely faced challenges underwater such as AUV navigation, visual identification, acoustic localization and robotic manipulation. The details of the tasks involved are furnished below:

Task 1

Navigation

Subtask Involved: Pass through the gate.

Task 2

Target Acquisition                                     

Subtasks Involved: Drop the ball in the blue drum (30 points), Drop the ball in the red drum with the pinger (50 points) and Drop the ball in any other red drum (10 points).

Task 3

Target Reacquisition

Subtask Involved: Pick up the ball and hold on to it (60 points)

Task 4 

Localisation

Subtask Involved: Knock the ball off the flare (40 points)

The winning team from China could complete Task 1, 2 and 4, while team Tiburon’s AUV could do task 1 and 2 (Dropped the ball in the red drum with the pinger).The winning team was the Intelligent Marine Vehicle Team (SAUVC-CN-01) from North-western Polytechnic University, Xi'an, China.

Team Tiburon emerged the 1st Runners-up and the 2nd Runners-up position was bagged by the team from Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia.

Team Tiburon consisted of the following dedicated members: Prasanmit Nath, Sonali Agrawal, Dipam Chakraborty Rohit Suri Diptarghya Santra, Aryaman Gupta Harsha Sambaraju, Piyush Panigrahi, Shailesh Prusty, Ankit Behera, Ateet Roy, Rishabh Kundu, Vinit Agarwal, Prabin Rath, Pritesh Samal and Shibasish Prusty.

The major sponsor was Intel who sponsored the computational power of the vehicle - Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing), and other sponsors included National Aluminium Company Limited - NALCO, NIT Rourkela Alumni Association (NITRAA), Blue Robotics and OpenROV. NITRAA Singapore also provided moral and financial support to whom the Team Tiburon attributes the win, along with lauding the help provided by the institute.

The captain of the team, Prasanmit Nath has the following to say about the fabulous win:

The experience of SAUVC has been phenomenal. We got to interact with teams from all over the world as well experts from varied fields.Some of the ingenious designs really caught our attention as well. We met the NITRAA Singapore team who were a huge moral support and financial support throughout the trip. We would like to thank Mr.Parimal profusely for the logistical support in Sinagpore. We are glad that we were able to represent the nation and our institute in this prestigious international challenge. Team Tiburon looks forward to bringing the first prize in the 2019 edition of SAUVC.

Team Monday Morning wishes that Team Tiburon continues to scale new heights and reach deeper depths of knowledge as well as the ocean.

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