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The Autonomous Robotic Vehicle Project (ARVP) is an interdisciplinary robotics student group from the University of Alberta. Our purpose is to encourage the development of autonomous robotic technology among the University and Edmonton area. Self-managed by students, our members will learn how to solve design problems, manage small-scale projects, and other valuable attributes that will assist them beyond their post-secondary education.






ARVP was founded in 1996 and competed in autonomous land-based competitions. After ten years of successfully competing in these land-based competitions, we decided to challenge ourselves and switch into underwater robotics. Ever since then, we have dedicated our time to building an autonomous underwater vehicle for AUVSI Foundation's RoboSub competition in San Diego, California, every year.



Today, ARVP has over 40 active members, all originating from the Faculties of Engineering, Computing Science, and Business. ARVP will be facing new challenges this year, such as building a new Autonomous Underwater Vehicle to promote the interest of robotics in Alberta. With a team mixed with veteran members and aspiring recruits, we are driven to tackle these challenges and are excited to further the growth of autonomous robotics. We plan to retire our old robot, AquaUrsa, as we begin a design for a new robot for the AUVSI Foundation's RoboSub 2017.

This robot will incorporate a new mechanical platform design, custom-built electronic hardware, and improved vision and sonar tracking systems - all of which will be crafted by our members. With the design already in progress and a tentative construction date of early 2017, the new addition to the ARVP family is expected to be ready for RoboSub 2017. We are budgeting around $13,000 for building the new robot. This money will give the mechanical team the means to build the robot, the electrical team to build the new electrical hardware, and the software team to be able to take these components, program the robot, and make it able to maneuver through the obstacle course.


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The International RoboSub competition is a weeklong event organized by the AUVSI Foundation and the U.S. Office of Naval Research in San Diego, California. Teams across the globe come together to compete in the TRANSDEC Pool to show their mastery of engineering and design in autonomous underwater robotics. The competition consists of 8 different tasks laid out randomly throughout the pool. Each task consists of challenges that the robot must accomplish without any communication from the team. These tasks include navigating through gates, manipulating course structures, firing torpedoes through targets, and searching for acoustic beacons. Every year, we aim to bring at least 8-12 members to the competition so they can get the full experience of what their efforts in the robot created.



Why Your Donation Matters

A donation to help fund ARVP allows the students to pursue their passions while gaining much needed hands on experience in during their degrees. It allows students to acquire design experience that is hard to gain outside of a classroom or job environment. Pending and completed design reviews are assessed with advice from a faculty advisor. Only then can the machining, building, soldering, and testing begin. The competition helps us build upon our knowledge as we learn from other designs and foster collaborative relationships with teams from around the world.

This adventure is only made possible by your donations. From all of us at ARVP, thank you so much for your contribution to the team.


If you would like more information, check out arvp.org.

AURI 2017 

  Published on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at 08:59 PM (MST)

This campaign has been absolutely incredible! 125% funded of our $13,000 goal and we still have a week left. THANK YOU!! We would also like to thank Petro Barrier Systems Inc. again as their large support played a key role in our success.

But our update today is all about Auri. We know you have been waiting to see her sleek design, but we can't give it all away just yet. So here is a special sneak peak of our new robot's design:



Woah! We're halfway there! 

  Published on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at 08:00 PM (MST)

81% of $13,000 in only 15 days?! The support from our friends, family and industry is just incredible. As a small thank you, we wanted to share the story of one of our rising stars, Noni Hua. Although she has only been on ARVP for one year, she has risen fast to be come ARVP's Software Team Lead in January 2017. Find out what ARVP means to her:




Welcoming our Match Grant Sponsor! 

  Published on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 at 07:37 PM (MST)

After one week, we have raised 84% of our initial goal of $8,000! We are overwhelmed by the support. Thank YOU! 

We are also proud to announce that Petro Barrier Systems has offered to be a match grant up to $5,000! Petro Barrier Systems Inc. is a leader in Research and Development, dedicated to protecting our natural water bodies from contaminants as a result of human activity.

Their incredible donation will go a long way in ensuring we can purchase the proper parts for our robot. Our end goal is $13,000 so we can afford all of the costs to build a completely new robot. We are getting closer and closer to making that a reality thanks to you. If you have a moment, please share our story with everyone you know!


Two days down, 28 more to go 

  Published on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at 08:33 PM (MST)

We are off to an exciting start! 23% funded in less than 48 hours, and we do not plan on stopping there! Thank you so much for your support so far. Let's keep the momentum going - share this campaign your friends and family!

Watch our 2016 RoboSub Competition Video below!



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Power Board Components

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Our robot needs power to navigate through the obstacle course! These components will help us build our own power boards for the robot to function! (resistors, capacitors, etc)



One Snazzy Team Uniform

Give $30

A gift of this amount could let us better represent the University of Alberta ARVP with great looking jerseys for competition!



A RoboSwim Hour

Give $50

To test our robot, we need water - a lot of it. Help us pay for an hour of pool time to test out the robot in the pool.



1 Hour of Aluminum Machining

Give $100

To build our new hull, multiple hours of carving out our newly purchased aluminum will be needed.



Power up!

Give $250

Our batteries are old. Help us get new batteries to help power the robot!



Send the robot on vacation!

Give $400

An international competition needs a robot to compete! Help us ship our robot to San Diego, California for RoboSub 2017! This will cover 1/5 of the shipping cost!



NVidia TX1 Vision Processing Computer

Give $500

This is our more powerful computer on board our vessel. It allows the robot's camera's to process the images quick enough to recognise the objects within them. A crucial item!



Inertial Measurement Unit

Give $1,000

This is a precision sensor that lets the robot detect what direction it is facing and depths it is reaching. This part is an important piece to that helps the robot to localize itself within its environment.