The UON RobotX team consists of undergraduate and postgraduate students, primarily from mechatronics engineering, who compete in the Maritime RobotX Challenge biennual competition.
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 thirteen participating teams 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 featured a series of realistic challenges in autonomous navigation and detection. Tasks were specifically formulated to test students' design, implementation and optimisation of sensors and control systems.
In 2018, the team headed to Oahu, Hawaii for the competition. To enquire about joining the team, contact the academic supervisor Associate Professor Adrian Wills.