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Russians place fifth in their first year at RoboSub competition

July 23, 2012 |  7:49 am

A group of engineering students from the Russian Federation placed fifth out of 28 teams in the 15th annual RoboSub Competition in San Diego -- a strong start for a newcomer to the Super Bowl of autonomous underwater vehicle contests.

The team from Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok will receive $1,000 for its fifth-place finish and another $500 for best new entry. The competition is held each summer at a Navy base in San Diego.

The top winners were perennial favorites: Cornell placed first and will receive $8,000; the University of Florida was second and will receive $4,000.

From the beginning, the Russians knew the competition would be difficult but vowed to learn from more experienced teams.

"We are here to see and adjust to new things," said Far Eastern Federal University engineering professor Alexander Scherbatyuk, who accompanied the five students. "Next year we will be even better."


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Photo: Russian students carry their underwater vehicle after a test in the giant pool at Point Loma. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times