Autonomous Underwater Vehicle 

University of Hawaii at Manoa


Mission Statement

Team NaviKai will create a multipurpose, autonomous underwater vehicle to qualify and compete in the RoboSub 2020 competition. The vehicle shall be able to autonomously explore and interact with an underwater environment.


More than 80% of our ocean is unmapped, unobserved, and unexplored.


Crewed underwater expeditions are costly, resource-intensive and potentially hazardous.


RAUV's provide a window below the surface that allows users to manage what they typically cannot see and provide real-time actionable information. These systems provide faster, safer, economical, and more efficient inspections compared to using divers and tethered ROVs.

Why UAV?

Unmanned technologies enable systems to go farther, operate longer, succeed in harsh or dangerous conditions and help users make intelligent decisions

Future Benefits

Unlocking the mysteries of deep-sea ecosystems can reveal new sources for medical drugs, food, and energy resources and other products.

Our Objectives


What is RoboSub?

The fundamental goal of the RoboSub competition is for an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to demonstrate its autonomy by completing underwater tasks, with a new theme each year. 

Allocation of Funds

Funding Sources

Subsystem Budget Breakdown





Meet The Team

Zhouyang Song

Professor/Principal Investigator

Jonathan Wallen

Graduate Student

Kobe Taylor

Project Manager

Tawni Chase

Assistant PM

Robby Leonillo

Systems Integrator

Jason Chan

Mechanical Lead

Ben Thrun

Financial Manager

Bryson Rulona

Autonomy Lead

Michael Loui

Electrical Lead

Ryan Sokolowski

Media Coordinator

UH West Oahu Collaborators

Contact Information

Univ. Of Hawaii At Manoa

Engineering Administration

Holmes 240
2540 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-7727
Fax: (808) 956-2291

Dean: Brennon Morioka
Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Tianwei David Ma
Assistant Dean: Song K. Choi

Univ. Of Hawaii At Manoa

Mechanical Engineering

Holmes 302
2540 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-7167
Fax: (808) 956-2373
Email: meoffice

Dr. Zhuoyuan Song

Assistant Professor

(808) 956–0807

Univ. of Hawaii-West Oʻahu

Disaster Planning & Emergency Management

91-1001 Farrington Hwy

Kapolei, HI 96707

(808) 689-2800

Dr. Jason Levy
(808) 689-2492

Jason Levy

Professor at UH West Oahu

Bryan Campbell

Emergency Management Lead

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