We are Owltonomous

2018 FAU Marine Robotics Team

Meet The Team

A Few Words About Us

Team Owltonomous is Florida Atlantic University's 2018 marine robotics team comprised of students and advisors from both the main campus in Boca Raton and SeaTech, FAU's Institute for Ocean and Systems Engineering, located in Dania Beach.
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In 2014 Florida Atlantic University, in collaboration with Villanova's College of Engineering, was selected to compete in the inaugural Maritime RobotX Challenge, held in Singapore. Team WORX (Wildcat-Owl RobotX) performed well and was invited to attend the following events held in Oahu, Hawaii.
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This year marks the first event that FAU will compete independently as one of nineteen teams hailing from the pacific region and U.S. We are excited for the challenge and are hard at work to further showcase our passion for autonomous robotic systems in the maritime domain.


Stay up to date with our progress and competition updates on Twitter at @TOwltonomous


The Maritime RobotX Challenge mission embraces the pursuit of interest, innovation and advancement of research within the marine robotics community. Each team must utilize the Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel (WAM-V) and outfit the vehicle to gather data and accomplish tasks autonomously. A detailed list of tasks and visual representation of the challenge course can be found on the competition's website.


Listed below are some featured systems on our WAM-V. To view the full Technical Paper, click here.

Owl's Nest

Additional platform fabricated to integrate a variety of sensors such as a light tower and GPS. The components were fabricated and welded by in-house students.

Acoustics Boom

A long carbon fiber casing with custom made hydrophones to complete a ultra-shore baseline (USBL). It can be actuated above the water to avoid buoys and 2 feet below the water to avoid multi-pathing. Component was machined by hand by team members in the FAU machine shop.

Thruster Mounts

Trawling motors were combined with custom mounts such as the port side thruster shown.

Winch System

A previously designed Winch has been used to deploy a redesigned autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).

Hedy the AUV

This AUV is a downscaled version of a vehicle created for a previous RoboSub competition and will be used in the underwater ring recovery challenge. It will be deployed from the WAM-V using a winch system.


Dr. Manhar Dhanak, Ph.D.

Director, SeaTech

Andrew Barbosa

Michael Benson

Bradford Davis

Lyubov Denissova

Chad Kaplowitz

James Laumeyer

Brett Marks

Travis Moscicki

Eric Nieves

Jacqueline Parkinson

Griffin Pharmer

Mickael Pigeot

Daniel Resio

Hayley Rienzo

Armando Sinisterra

Jeff Slawson

M. Kaan Tasbas

Joshua Tashbar

Thank You To Our Sponsors

A special thank you to our sponsors, whose support has given us the opportunity to participate in the 2018 RobotX Challenge.

Gold Benefactors

Silver Supporters

Bronze Friends

Thank You To The Following Individuals For Your Support:
  • Edgar An
  • Joe & Paula Baker
  • Kathryn Drake
  • Arshley G
  • Tony LaVigne
  • Karen & Dave Martin
  • Michael O. Miller
  • Gizelle N. Moran
  • Constance & Martin Moscicki
  • Ivonne F Nieves
  • James Rodgers
  • Christina Walmer
  • Ivan
  • Matthew & Liz


Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Dept. of Ocean & Mechanical Engineering
101 N. Beach Road
Dania Beach, FL 33004

Dr. Manhar Dhanak, Ph.D.


Interested in supporting the team and becoming a sponsor? Follow the link found here: https://fauf.fau.edu/springboard/#/project/robotx-2018.