Held since 2006, SAUC-E challenges the next generation of engineers to design and build an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) capable of performing realistic missions. 
The event is designed to encourage students to think about underwater technology and related applications while fostering innovation and technology.  It also aims at getting young engineers and scientists to consider careers in the field.
Participating teams must consist of 75% student members and have a faculty advisor.

From 2010 SAUC-E has been held in La Spezia (Italy) at NATO Undersea Research Centre (NURC), now Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE).
After the success of the nine first editions, competitors will have once again in 2019 the possibility to deal with real life conditions (i.e. limited visibility and salty water) since the competition will be held for the eight time outside at the CMRE sheltered harbor (in 2015 and 2017 was held in Piombino, Italy).

The Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) is pleased to announce that it will organise the SAUC-E competition for the tenth time in a row. The dates of the 2019 competition are July 14 - July 19.

This year, SAUC-E will be back to La Spezia, Italy, integrated in the European Robotics League (ERL) Emergency Local Tournament and in the CMRE's 60th anniversary celebrations.

The Call for Participation is available here .

For any technical enquiry please contact Gabriele Ferri or Fausto Ferreira, your Points of Contact (POC) at CMRE.


For media enquires please contact CMRE PAO.


Visitors are by invitation only.




SAUC-E is online: follow it at CMRE website and on Facebook and Twitter!

Watch the NATO channel TV video on SAUC-E '12: part 1 and part 2.