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Maritime RobotX Challenge

The Maritime RobotX Challenge is the preeminent Autonomous Surface Vessel (ASV) competition worldwide. Designed

as a Pacific Rim partnership, teams will be competing from the U.S., Japan, Singapore, Republic of Korea, Australia, and


The competition is designed to foster student interest in autonomous robotic systems operating in the maritime domain,

with an emphasis on the science and engineering of cooperative autonomy. In addition, the competition facilitates the

building of international relationships between students, academic institutions, and industry partners.

The 2016 competition is being held at Sand Island in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In order to compete in the event teams must have a website, team video, journal paper, and a shipping plan for their

Wave Adaptive Modular Vessels (WAM-V) and equipment.

The teams will be required to perform the following tasks at the competition.

1. Demonstrate Navigation and Control

2. Find Totems and Avoid Obstacles

3. Identify Symbols and Dock

4. Scan a Code

5. Coral Survey (this challenge relates to scientist’s real-world mapping of bleached coral)

6. Find the Break (markers are scanned on the sea floor and teams must locate the gap)

7. Acoustic Pinger-Based Transit

8. Judged Presentation


Students from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science partnered with students from

Villanova University’s College of Engineering to create the combined team named Team WORX (Wildcat, Owls, RobotX).

At the 2014 competition Team WORX won first place in the land-based judging, best website, and best design

presentation at the first International Maritime RobotX Challenge in Marina Bay, Republic of Singapore. The team

outfitted their USV with a custom designed propulsion system, navigation sensors, control system and software that

enabled the team to navigate a complex obstacle course autonomously with no remote control or human input. Due to

hardware and overheating problems the team was not able to qualify for the finals.


The 2016 event is organized by the AUVSI Foundation and Navatek, and supported by the U.S. Office of Naval Research.


Team WORX -

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