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Iranian students to attend int'l underwater robot competition in US


Source: ISNA

A team of Iranian students will take part the US international underwater robot challenge, Remotely Operated underwater Vehicle (ROV) in Seattle.

The 12th annual MATE international ROV competition will take place June 20-22, 2013 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington, USA.
The 2013 MATE competition highlights the role that ROVs play in the installation, operation, and maintenance of regional cabled ocean observing systems.

Students from Islamic Azad University, Izeh Branch in Khuzestan Province, southwestern Iran, sent their documents for the tournament last March. Their requests for joining the match were later accepted by the US submarine training center.

The matches scheduled to be held in Washington will run on June 20-22, to be attended by NASA, the world's large oil companies as well as rivals from the US, Britain, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand.

The students are the only representatives of Iran in the event.

The university's students have also managed to build underwater robots locally. The equipments required for construction of the robot were formerly imported from other countries, but now they are built locally.

Underwater robots can be used in oil, dam-building and digging industries.

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