A combined team of Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Villanova University engineering students has been selected as 1 of only 3 teams to represent the United States at the 1st International Maritime RobotX Challenge on October 20-26, 2014 in Marina Bay, Singapore.
Overall, 5 Pacific Rim countries including Australia, Japan, S. Korea, Singapore and the U.S. will be competing against one another. The goal of the Challenge is to develop an autonomous control system for the novel WAM-V unmanned surface boat.
The system will use vision-based and acoustical navigation to negotiate a complex obstacle course - a full description of the Challenge can be found at http://robotx.org/.
This event seeks to challenge students and researchers alike and push the boundaries of maritime robotics. The RobotX Challenge is unlike any other robotics competition, where teams are tasked with intelligently navigating the seascape of the Singapore Harbor.
The competition is a great opportunity for our students to learn key technical engineering and management skills and to be exposed to the science of autonomy and control at a very elevated level. This year’s team is doing a great job in preparing for the competition. However, further funding is needed to get our students to the overseas competition and to cover instrumentation costs.