World’s Smartest Collegiate Teams Coming to San Diego


Head to Point Loma at the end of July to see what the brightest engineering and computer science students are developing to help protect our country.

I’ve made some recent posts about the remarkable, and now highly publicized, unmanned aerial drones being used by the military, fire service, and NASA. (Predator Helped Fight San Diego Wildfires and Global Hawk Joins Environmental Research Efforts.) Both of these technologies were developed and are now being manufactured here in San Diego.

Now that San Diego companies develop planes without pilots, it is only appropriate that San Diego should also be on the forefront to make further advancements in Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. Unmanned ‘submarines’ are currently capable of mapping ocean floors, searching for explosive mines, and testing the environment. Student teams from around the world are working to develop the next generation of autonomous underwater vehicles.

They will be descending on San Diego’s Point Loma from July 29th to August 3rd to show off their latest developments at the 11th International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition. This annual event held in San Diego by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International is hosted by our own Space and Naval Systems Warfare Systems Center (that big huge facility along the I-5, just north of the San Diego Airport is one of their facilities).

The event is opened to the public. Just head towards Cabrillo National Monument and look for signs just after you pass the open entry gate at the end of Catalina Boulevard and just prior to passing through the Fort Rosecrans Military Reservation.

To get an idea of what schools participate, check out the 2007 list of winners.

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