Unmanned Surface and Underwater Vehicles Laboratory

Unmanned Surface and Underwater Vehicles

Welcome to the Unmanned Surface and Underwater Vehicles Laboratory at Villanova University. The Lab was created to support research in autonomous operations including obstacle avoidance, trajectory planning, tracking control, real-world sea simulation, and ship to ship control. Working in conjunction with academic and government collaborators, the USUV Lab works to develop emerging technologies beneficial to the deployment and operation of unmanned naval vessels.

Since its inception in 2002, the USUV lab has engaged in a variety of projects through funding by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD), and continues to build relationships for additional research topics. 


The lab is dedicated to verifying autonomy  concepts in real-world applications for unmanned surface vessels. This testing facility consists of a 4-ft deep, 10 ft x 15 ft pool, several autonomous vessels, and various obstacles. An overhead camera is used to provide absolute position feedback. The pool is equipped with wind, wave, and current generators, and an array of monitoring and testing equipment.

For more information regarding the USUV Lab, including a listing of current projects, please use the links located to the left.