PLEASE NOTE: The IEEE OES AUV2020 Symposium will proceed in remote mode. A new discounted registration pricing structure is now available.

AUV Conceptual Design Challenge

Low Cost AUV Design

The IEEE OES AUV2020 Symposium is hosting a Student Poster Competition for the conceptual design of a low cost AUV system. This program will provide an opportunity for students to propose a novel design for a low cost AUV that has potential to be used for future oceanic applications.

The design of a low cost AUV system is a comprehensive task that will include the reduction of fabrication cost, miniaturization of sensors and control systems, adoption of new and inexpensive materials, automatic manufacturing that reduces labor cost, to name a few. Reducing the cost of AUV systems is one of the latest technological trends which is expected to significantly impact future AUV designs.

The main requirements for a low cost AUV system design are as follows:

  • Cost: as low as possible
  • Endurance: over 12 hours
  • Maximum time between deployments: 9 hours
  • Data transfer: wireless
  • Sensor payload: CTD, turbidity and fluorometer
  • Command and control interface: cell-phone based
  • Control methodology: using either traditional control strategies or recent algorithms from the AI community

Structure of the proposal

  1. Conceptual design: provide detailed design of the AUV, including the materials needed for fabrication, sensors and computer systems used, control methodology, AUV geometry. The authors should also explain the design development background. For example, what is the designed tasks that can be accomplished by the AUV? What new and unique features does the AUV offer?
  2. Cost: explain in detail the budget required to build the AUV, including details of some breakdowns by cost elements. The author should also provide information of cost reduction by percentage compared to current AUVs to reach the same objectives.
  3. Design solution: discuss the design solution tradeoffs and impacts, especially in with regards to power consumption, speed, autonomy level and communications.
  4. System breakdown: it is required to show the system breakdown of the AUV structure, including main sub-systems and components.
  5. Design challenges: the authors are required to explain the expected technological challenges and the methods to address them.
  6. Schedule: Provide a timeline for development, including milestones

Author Instructions

Students are asked to prepare a two-page proposal and submit their proposed design via

Selected students will be invited to attend the virtual conference to present their proposal in the form of a poster during the IEEE OES AUV2020 Symposium.

Students of accepted proposals will also be expected to submit a paper for conference proceedings that will be distributed at the conference (max. 6 pages in the IEEE standard double-column format). Manuscripts must be submitted by the deadline for submission of all papers. For instructions on how to submit your paper, please visit

Presentation Format: Students are requested to prepare a poster for presentation at the virtual symposium and also to participate in the online interactive poster discussion time (more details to follow).