Robotics is a branch of engineering concerned with the conception, design, manufacture, and operation of programmable machines capable of developing autonomy while performing a specific task. For decades, underwater robotics have been characterised by the development of manned water vehicles. However, due to the high cost of building and operating these vehicles in recent decades, researchers have developed robots or unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV), which have been optimised and used in a wide range of applications for the benefit and long-term development of the planet.
Unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) have grown in popularity since their inception in the 1950s and have been used for a variety of tasks and applications, ranging from bomb detection and recovery to sea exploration. Originally, these robots were primarily used for military and research purposes. However, they are now widely used in civils, and it is not uncommon to see them being used for recreation.
The UUVs have been identified mainly, they are subdivided into those that are remotely operated (ROV) and those that are autonomous (AUV).
UNDERWATER ROBOTICS CHALLENGES include a series of challenges held at the local, regional, and international levels, In each challenge we aim to encourage new features and opportunities to share your design and ideas with the ocean.