The Autonomous Robotic Vehicle Project (ARVP) was founded in 1997 as a means for students at the University of Alberta to develop, apply and promote robotic technology. Members of the ARVP are interdisciplinary and come from various faculties such as the Faculty of Engineering and the Department of Computing Science. Through the ARVP, students gain the skills and technical understanding of the different processes involved in the design, construction and testing of autonomous robots, preparing them for a possible career in the field of robotics.
In 2007, the ARVP switched from building land-based robots to building underwater robots. In 2008, the ARVP had finished building their very first underwater robot named Bearacuda. In 2011, the ARVP unveiled their latest creation, SubmURSA and competed against more than 30 teams from around the world at the 14th annual RoboSub competition in San Diego, California.The ARVP is also heavily involved in community outreach programs and regularly give presentations to elementary and junior high school students as well as taking part in the Engineering Open House, Young Scientist Conference and Alumni weekend events.