Standing room only

Today we had our fall recruiting meeting. Three projects from the Machine Intelligence Lab, including SubjuGator, were being showcased. There was a great turn out with standing room only and a line outside the door. Next time we will need to request a bigger room.
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SubjuGator takes home second place

After a long week in San Diego, SubjuGator takes home second place in the AUSVI/ONR 16th Robosub Competition. We are excited about our performance at this years competition and are already working towards the 2014 competition. We would like to thank all of our 2013 Sponsors without them it would not be possible for us to compete at this elite level.
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Here we come San Diego

We finished shipping SubjuGator 7 and all of our supporting equipment today. We are excited for the start of the 16th Robosub Competition and look forward to meeting all the new teams. Keep up to date with the team next week through our twitter @SubjuGatorUF.
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Buoy Testing

Today we tried out some new methods of bumping the LED buoys. Reusing our manipulator task actuator we were able to reliably cycle through the colors.
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Manipulation Task

Today we were able to successfully turn the steering wheel of the manipulation task. With one week until the competition, we are getting excited to see all the other teams in San Diego.
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Camera Calibration

Today, we calibrated our cameras with our new calibration grid. After the new calibration, we noticed significant improvement in object depth estimation.
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SubjuGator 2013 Preview

Check out our introduction video for the 16th AUVSI/ONR Robosub competition.
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New tether

Today we received a 1000′ gel filled, shielded Ethernet cable.  After measuring out 250′ and crimping both sides we now have a new tether!  Our last tether was starting to fail and was increasing our packet loss percentage.
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Pool Testing June 8, 2013

Today we spent most of our time refining our vision algorithms.  SubjuGator can consistently find pipes on the pool floor.  The sub was also able to recognize the “pizza box”.  Next step, install the pneumatic claw!
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Pool Testing June 1, 2013

Today we worked on our controller and particle filter again.  We used buoys to test our vision system. The video below shows the sub looking for a buoy shaped object that is also red.  When the sub locates and bumps the buoy, it surfaces and proceeds toward its next objective: a shooting target from last year’s competition.
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