We are a group of students envisioned to build autonomous systems of the future. Currently we are building and designing a vehicle that capable of navigating underwater and perform a series of tasks without any remote control assistance. The system is targeted to be designed as highly intelligent and robust to changing environmental conditions. Fully autonomy is achieved with an advanced sensor suite and array of powerful actuators.
Our team comprises of Mechanical, Computer, Electrical Engineering and also Computer Science undergraduates from both the faculties of Engineering and Computing due to the multi-disciplinary nature of the project.
Bumblebee AUV was formed in Summer 2012. Team Captain 2013 Ong Tian Chang was approached by Prof Mandar from the Acoustic Research Lab in NUS, to form a team and participate in the inaugural Singapore Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Challenge (SAUVC) in March 2013. Gunning for world-class standards from the start, the team started canvassing for sponsorships. To attract more companies, the team decided to also learn rapidly from their first Singapore competition vehicle and rapidly upgrade within 4 months participate in the AUVSI Robosub, held annually in July, in San Diego, USA.
This prestigious competition is organised by US Office of Naval Research (ONR), together with Association for Unmanned Systems International (AUVSI). There has been increased global participation, and in 2013 when BBAUV first competed, there were unprecedented 31 teams in total, out of which 15 are new, and 9 international ones from China, Russia, India, Sweden, Israel, Turkey and Spain. BBAUV emerged a first time finalist and 7th overall, and was awarded Best New Entry 2013.