At the direction of the Secretary of the Navy, the Naval Postgraduate School leverages its long-standing experience and expertise in the research and education of robotics and unmanned systems to support the Navy's mission. The Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER) serves as a vehicle to align currently disparate research efforts and integrate academic courses across discipline boundaries. Established in 2011 in conjunction with the SECNAV's Unmanned System Goals, CRUSER continues today under the secretariat lead for unmanned systems, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Unmanned Systems (DASN(UXS)).
CRUSER provides a collaborative environment for the advancement of educational and research endeavors across the Navy and Marine Corps. The Consortium seeks to capitalize efforts, both internal and external to NPS, by facilitating active means of collaboration, providing a portal for information exchange among researchers and educators with collaborative interests, fostering innovation through directed programs of operational experimentation, and supporting the development of an array of educational ventures.
CRUSER is a facilitator for the Navy's common research interests (see ASN (RD&A) 2018 UxS Goals) in current and future unmanned systems and robotics. The Consortium, working in partnership with other organizations, will inject a focus on robotics and unmanned systems into existing joint and naval field experiments, exercises, and war games, as well as host specific events, both experimental and educational. The Consortium hosts classified and unclassified web spaces to serve as collaborative environments for the community. Furthermore, with the operational needs of the Navy and the Marine Corps at its core, CRUSER will be an inclusive, active partner for the effective education of future military leaders and decision makers. Refining existing courses of education and designing new academic programs will be an important benefit of CRUSER, making the Consortium a unique and indispensable resource for the Navy and highlighting the educational mission of the Naval Postgraduate School.
Specific CRUSER goals are:
- Provide a source for unmanned systems employment concepts for operations and technical research;
- Provide an experimentation program to evaluate unmanned system employment concepts;
- Provide a venue for Navy-wide education in unmanned systems;
- Provide a DoD-wide forum for collaborative education, research, and experimentation in unmanned systems.
CRUSER takes a broad systems and holistic approach to address issues related to naval unmanned systems research and employment, from technical to ethical, and concept generation to experimentation. Manning requirements, human systems integration, information processing, information display, training, logistics, acquisition, development, C2 architectures, legal constraints, levels of autonomy versus mission risk are just a sample of topics for investigation in addition to technical research areas for these systems.
From Technical to Ethical...From Concept Generation to Experimentation...
The Naval Postgraduate School's Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER):
- Reaches across the Navy, Marine Corps, Department of Defense, academia, and industry
- Collaborative environment for the advancement of unmanned systems education and research endeavors
- Community of interest for unmanned systems in military and naval operations
- Encompasses the successful research, education, and experimentation efforts in unmanned systems
- An inclusive community for all disciplines
- Conducts concept generation workshops for naval missions
- Hosts technical symposia to address naval missions, and field experimentation to test selected technologies