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 six first editions, competitors will have once again in 2016 the possibility to deal with real life conditions (i.e. limited visibility and salty water) since the competition will be held for the sixth time outside at the CMRE waterfront, which is a sheltered harbor.

The Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) is pleased to announce that it will organise the SAUC-E competition for the seventh time in a row. The dates of the 2016 competition are July 3 – July 8.

This year, SAUC-E will be back to La Spezia, Italy and to CMRE's sea basin after last year's edition in Piombino, Italy, integrated in the euRathlon Grand Challenge.

The updated version of the Rules (V1.2) is now available for download.

The Scoring is now available for download.

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 (by invitation only): please fill this form to access the competition area.

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.