RobotX Challenge

Maritime RobotX Challenge

In 2014, Villanova’s College of Engineering, together with Florida Atlantic University (Team WORX), competed in the inaugural RobotX Challenge held in Marina Bay, Singapore. In December 2016, the team is headed Oahu, Hawaii to once again compete in this unique event organized by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and supported by the Office of Naval Research. Team WORX was one of only seven American teams—18 internationally—competitively selected to participate.

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.

Learn how you can help support this exciting opportunity for Villanova Engineers!

Maritime RobotX Challenge
Maritime RobotX Challenge


For more information, visit the Team WORX website. You can also refer to the following articles:

"Villanova Engineers Compete in RobotX International Competition" (December 2016)

Villanova Engineers Pursue RobotX Win in Hawaii” (May 2016)

Villanova-FAU Team to Represent the U.S. in International Robotics Competition” (October 2013)

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)

"RobotX Challenges Provides Unforgettable Experience for Villanova Engineers" (October 2014)

Charting New Waters” (Villanova Magazine, Winter 2015)