The Unmanned and Autonomous Vehicle Laboratory was created in the Fall of 2015 to support ongoing work in ground and flight based unmanned and autonomous vehicle design. The laboratory provides a work space and tools for two major undergraduate competitions, SAE Aero Design East and AUVSI RoboBoat. In addition, the laboratory is used for design and support of air and surface vehicles used for graduate research projects.
SAE Aero Design
SAE Aero Design challenges students to build a radio controlled aircraft to carry a maximum payload within size and power limitations. An annual competition is held with participation from 75 universities including many international entries.
Competition information: http://students.sae.org/cds/aerodesign/east/
ODU 2014 Team Video Summary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgPCWPGJlHE
AUVSI Roboboat invites students to design and build an autonomous (water) surface vehicle to perform a prescribed task. The project is multidisciplinary in nature requiring knowledge in vehicle control, obstacle detection and avoidance, system integration, vehicle manufacturing and payload management.
Competition Information: http://www.auvsifoundation.org/foundation/competitions/roboboat/
ODU team Info: http://dasp.mem.odu.edu:8080/~asv_su15/demo.html