The AUVSI RoboSub Competition is a college-level competition for autonomous submarines. It was started in 1998 with only four competitors. In 2000, Amador Valley High School entered as the first continuously competing high school. Since then, the competition has grown to include about forty teams, including many international entrants.
The TRANSDEC facility in San Diego, California has hosted the competition in recent years. It is a naval testing pool, designed to be anechoic to simulate an unbounded body of water.
In the competition, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) face various challenges designed to simulate real-world tasks for autonomous robots: passing through gates, manipulating buoys, identifying colors and shapes, gathering and dispensing objects, sorting colored objects, following pipelines, launching projectiles, and finding an acoustic pinger. For more information about this year's tasks, please refer to the RoboSub Rules and Mission.