TechCon Spotlights Campus Research in Robotics, Unmanned Systems
By MC2 Patrick Dionne
Deputy Director of the Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER) Dr. Brian Bingham speaks during the organization’s annual Technical Continuum (TechCon) at NPS’ Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Auditorium, April 18. TechCon provides members of the NPS and CRUSER communities an opportunity to share ongoing CRUSER-related research and concepts of interest.
“This is part of our innovation thread to allow researchers, students, faculty and staff here at NPS an opportunity to report on their work and propose new work on unmanned systems,” said Bingham. “The benefit is we get folks on campus from research centers and industry to talk about what is going on outside of NPS and try to generate on new ideas going forward.”
The two-day event covered a wide range to topics focusing on unmanned systems including swarming, networking and communications, operations development, sensing technology including acoustic directional finders and digital image synthesis, automation, and the applications and education available to bring these topics to fruition.
“This collaboration is critical to CRUSER’s mission ... Twenty years ago, the military led the way on robotics but today so much is being adopted and pushed by the private sector and we need to keep up with their innovations,” said Bingham. “Some keynotes that we have taken from this TechCon are we need to be working across campus more, and the things we are seeing in unmanned systems are transcending the technology and are touching on ethical, human and policy issues. We need to be working not only across departments but across schools to answer these questions.”
CRUSER provides a collaborative environment and community of interest for the advancement of unmanned systems education and research endeavors across the Navy, Marine Corps and Department of Defense.
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