In 2014, Villanova’s College of Engineering, together with Florida Atlantic University (Team WORX), competed in the inaugural Maritime RobotX Challenge held in Marina Bay, Singapore. In December 2016, the team was again selected to participate (one of only seven American teams—18 internationally), this time in Oahu, Hawaii. And, in December 2018, the College once again sent Team WORX to Hawaii to compete in this unique event organized by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and supported by the Office of Naval Research.
For the RobotX challenge, each team is provided with a 16-ft Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel (WAM-V), which they must outfit with a range of sensors, software and hardware to facilitate on-board decision-making and mission implementation. Obstacle avoidance, navigation, object identification, etc. are among the tasks that must be completed without human guidance, intervention or remote control.
"Villanova Engineers Compete in RobotX International Competition" (December 2016)
“Villanova Engineers Pursue RobotX Win in Hawaii” (May 2016)
“A Villanova team takes robotics on the water” (Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/11/14)
“Students Push Ocean Robotics Envelope in New Global Game” (Office of Naval Research, 10/20/14)
“Charting New Waters” (Villanova Magazine, Winter 2015)