First robots took over the land. Then, thanks to the drone revolution, they went airborne. It stands to reason that the next environment where we’ll see a proliferation of autonomous machines will be the sea.
But it’s an environment where robots have struggled, primarily because of the difficulties of underwater communications, the prevalence of unpredictable occurrences, and the difficulty of precise positioning underwater, where GPS is ineffective.
The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center hopes to change that by enlisting some smarty-pants students in levels ranging from middle school to university in an intense underwater robotics competition. Bring on the floaties.