The purpose of the team is to design and build a water-surface vehicle capable of navigating and performing various naval operations without any human interaction. Meeting this objective requires expertise from multiple fields for tasks such as sensor integration, control system design, hull design, and funding management.
The team was created in response to the International Autonomous Surface Vehicle Competition conducted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and the Office of Naval Research. The competition is aimed toward challenging students with real-life problems encountered designing an autonomous vehicle operating in maritime environments. (link)
The team is supported by their faculty advisors, Dr. Ryan Eustice and Dr. David Singer, from the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering department.