Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

IIT Bombay

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AUV-IITB comprises 55+ highly enthusiastic and hard-working technocrats on underwater robotics ranging from freshmen to driven senior undergraduates and experienced post-graduates spanning various branches of engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

About us

The Matsya Series

We work on a series of AUVs called Matsya, the Sanskrit word for "Fish".

R&D in underwater robotics

We aim to deliver a research platform in the field of underwater robotics and promoting autonomous systems.


Our team participates in national and international level underwater robotics competitions, such as RoboSub, NIOT-SAVe etc.


Our team has received the IEEE YRP award 2020. It has been consistently the best performing Indian team at RoboSub and the top team at NIOT SAVe. To read more, click the "About Us" button.


Team members

Lines of code

Years of hard work



Our team's flagship series of AUVs, the Matsya series, consists of 6 vehicles named Matsya 1 to 6. Matsya 1 was the first AUV developed in 2013, and Matsya 6 is the latest.

Matsya 6

The latest model

The sixth variant of Matsya saw major design changes to... Read More

Matsya 5

Matsya 5 has 4 underwater rotary switches at the back end of the vehicle... Read More

Matsya 4

Matsya 4 has 5 degrees of freedom, weighs 41.1 kg, and can work in ... Read More

Matsya 3

Built by the team in 2013, Matsya-3 has a modular design and weighs 42 kg... Read More

Matsya 2

The second iteration of Matsya is complete and more modular than its predecessor, with...Read More

Matsya 1

Matsya 1 was the very first AUV designed by the team back in 2011, with... Read More


Our team consists of four Sub-divisions, namely: Mechanical, Electrical, Software & Business.



The mechanical subdivision is responsible for planning, building and testing all the parts of the vehicle.


The electrical sub-division is responsible for managing the power requirements, controlling thrusters and actuation systems.


The Software Subdivision is responsible for making Matsya Autonomous!


The Business Subdivision handles all things non-tech including Events, Design, Marketing, Media, PR and Web form its backbone.


Let's meet the people who add the word team to this wonderful tech-team.

Nakul Randad

Team Leader

Aditya Harakare

Team Leader

Andrews Varghese

Team Leader
Our Team


Hear from our past team members.

Sthitapragyan Mohanty

Founder, Save Humans

AUV was a life-changing experience for me. To create the foundation and leading the First Business Team was a challenging task for me. I had great fun working with the hard-working techies as well as the business team. I am always grateful to our senior Varun Mittal for this opportunity.

Kunal Tyagi

Robotics, IoT

The team changed a lot in the 5 years i was with the team. From a small team which did a lot of jugaad, to a team which had over 30 members, made multi year plans, it was an exhilarating experience. The people in the team I worked with were some of the most stubborn, smartest, hardest working and innovative people I've had the fortune of meeting.

Anuj Verma

Associate Product Manager

Team AUV has made me what I am. The most important thing I learnt in AUV was leadership. This is something which cannot be learnt in regular school or college curriculum. AUV gave me the chance to develop my skills as a leader and have bonds which I'm going to cherish my entire life.

Varad Pingale

Student at IIM

I worked in the electrical subdivision for around 1 year, during version 4 of Matsya. It was a great learning experience, got to learn and contribute a lot during that. It gives better learning than any lab course in the curriculum, and also gave me opportunity to apply the learnings from courses on live project. Devoting 4-5 hours daily and doing all nighters with highly motivating team has given a lot of memories worth remembering.

Sant Kumar

PhD Student, ETH Zurich

Being a member of AUV-IITB Team will always be the spotlight during my undergraduate studies at IIT Bombay. I was very fortunate to be a part of this team right from its inception in 2011 all the way until my graduation in 2015. Looking back at those times, I can clearly see how the team evolved and most importantly how this team moulded me to be a team player and to be the person I am today. All those learnings have greatly helped me in my career.



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