The University of Newcastle's Maritime Robotx Challenge Team

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About Us

Students from the University of Newcastle form one of only three Australian teams who have been chosen to compete in the inaugural Maritime RobotX Challenge (RobotX), which will be held in October, 2014 in Singapore.

Sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research and run by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the Challenge involves teams of university students from five Pacific Rim countries – U.S., Singapore, Australia, South Korea and Japan.

The fifteen participating teams have each received an unpowered and unplugged version of the 16' WAM-V® (Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel) along with a grant to build a battery-powered propulsion system. The Maritime RobotX Challenge will feature a series of realistic challenges in autonomous navigation and detection. Tasks are specifically formulated to test students' design, implementation and optimisation of sensors and control systems.

The University of Newcastle's team consists of undergraduate and postgraduate students, primarily from mechatronics engineering. As the only team from NSW, they are looking forward to representing the state at this exciting event and to the unique challenges and learning experiences along the way.WAM-V Testing in September

Progress Report

11th September 2014

The team are thoroughly testing their WAM-V in the beautiful Lake Macquarie preparing for the competition next month.


CeBIT1st May 2014

A RobotX team representative attended the CeBIT Australia Expo on the 5-7th of May. The team showcased the capabilities of UoN in automation and robotics.


1st February 2014

The team have recently unpacked their WAM-V and are exploring possible hardware and systems solutions for the competition. The team are also actively seeking sponsorship to help move the project forward.