NYU RoboSub

  • Design and create an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Text "AUVIOLETS" with a submarine icon in the "O"

The team will create an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) that utilizes computer vision and various sensors to guide itself and complete various tasks determined by the competition organizers each year. The AUV will be thoroughly developed through hardware/electrical design in CAD software, prototyped, manufactured, and tested prior to the competition. In addition, software-based engineering, research, design, and architecture will serve as the foundation of the project.


  • Compete in the international annual RoboSub competition
  • Create an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
  • Complete a series of tasks, incorporating computer vision, mechanical design, and electrical engineering
  • Create a website with filmed skills video and write a technical design report (TDR)

Methods and Technologies

  • Computer Vision
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Sensors/Hydrophones
  • Website Development
  • Algorithms
  • IEEE
  • Autonomy
  • Robotics and Mechatronics
  • Hardware Design and Manufacturing


  • Administrative Department
  • Operations Department (Electrical Engineering)
  • Sensing and Identification Department (Computer Science)
  • Engineering Department (Mechanical Engineering)


  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Business and Technology Management
  • Integrated Design and Media
  • Electrical Engineering (Including ECE)
  • Physics (Audio, Optical, Fluids, Electricity and Magnetism)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Robotics and Mechatronics
  • All Majors Welcome!


  • NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Related Grand Challenges

  • Engineer the Tools of Scientific Discovery
  • Engineering for You Video Contest

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