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San Diego: Robosub

  • Phil's BBQ 3750 Sports Arena Boulevard San Diego, CA, 92110 United States (map)

Join alumni, family, and friends to honor the Caltech RoboSub team who are participating in the 2019 Robosub Competition. 

The Caltech team is comprised of approximately 30 undergraduates whose fields of study include Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Applied Physics. They are passionate about robotics and they are eager to share that passion with you!

In addition to meeting the Caltech Robotics team, you will have the opportunity to visit the SPAWAR pool facility called Transdec, the competition venue, to see robots in competition and a hardware display and talk on the Navy’s Unmanned Maritime Vehicles (UMV’s).


They will be revealing their 2019 design at this celebration event!


The Caltech Robotics Team’s current robot, Flo is the most advanced vehicles they have built. Both submarine systems feature seven high-precision VideoRay M5 brushless thrusters, allowing for excellent maneuverability in the water, as well as solenoid and spring activated torpedo and marker launchers. It has an assortment of sensors, which include a Doppler Velocity Logger, nine-axis Inertial Measurement Unit, four-hydrophone acoustical array, and different arrangements of Guppy pro cameras, allowing the vehicles to localize themselves in the water and obtain valuable data about its surroundings. With its comprehensive computer vision algorithms and powerful mobility controllers, the vehicle operates effectively and intelligently without any human intervention. Flo placed 8th two years ago, and 3rd last year in the 20th and 21st annual International RoboSub Competitions. The team is very excited for this year's challenge, which is vampire themed, and looks forward to reclaiming their title as the #1 RoboSub team in the world.

Meet the Team

The Caltech Robotics Team designs and builds vehicles for robotics competitions. Thirty-five Caltech undergraduates and one faculty mentor meet one of the most exciting and motivating challenges in engineering. Together, they design, prototype, fabricate, assemble, test, debug, and then tune robots for competition. Four years ago, the team competed in their first AUVSI/ONR’s Robosub competition. Their autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) completed a challenging obstacle course. It finished seventh out of thirty-seven competitors. The team received the "Best New Competitor" award.This year, the team returns to the annual event with a goal of maintaining their place as the best Robosub team in the world!

Earlier Event: July 25
South Bay Monthly Lunch
Later Event: August 2
Pasadena Monthly Lunch