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What We Do

CRUSER fulfills its chartered mission by:

  • Hosting concept generation / innovation workshops and events focused on the naval application of unmanned autonomous systems
  • Funding research, experimentation, and student support critical to shaping NPS student education and continued development of relevant faculty expertise.
  • Developing panels and Robo-ethics seminars tailored to a variety of audiences
  • Conducting monthly web broadcast meetings and seminars highlighting current research by NPS faculty and students as well as CPI members
  • Sourcing an on campus "Maker Space" open to all academic disciplines to integrate and advance robotics and unmanned systems research and education
  • Managing a community of interest of 3,000+ members to foster communication and collaboration across DoD, industry and academia.

See our FY18 Annual Report here.

CRUSER activities are structured along Innovation Threads starting with a concept generation workshop, through concept development, prototyping, and finally testing – most often in a field environment. Each Innovation Thread spans two years and reflects gaps and opportunities for The Fleet in robotics and autonomy.

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Leadership Bios

Director

Dr Brian Bingham is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the Naval Postgraduate School.  Dr Bingham received his PhD in mechanical engineering from MIT in 2003.  After a brief stint at the Ocean Institute in California, he was appointed to a post-doctoral position at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Deep Submergence Lab.  Dr. Bingham has served as a member of the faculty at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering from 2005-2009 and the University of Hawaii at Manoa from 2009-2015.  His research is on innovative tools for exploring, understanding and protecting the marine environment.  This work includes projects on underwater navigation, autonomous vehicles and sensor integration.

Associate Directors

Dr. Carl Oros is a Faculty Associate Researcher in the Department of Information Sciences (IS) at the Naval Postgraduate School.  Carl is a retired Marine Corps assault support helicopter pilot and holds Master degrees from the USMC Command & Staff College (MMS) and the Naval Postgraduate School (Information Tech. Mgmt).  Prior to retiring in 2009, he served as Military Faculty in the IS Dept. (2004-2009) and ultimately as the NPS Senior Marine Corps Representative (2007-2009).  Since 2003, Carl has been actively engaged in tactical networking and command & control related research and has served as the Principle Investigator for several USMC funded research projects as Co-Investigator/Co-Researcher for the Joint Interagency Field Experimentation (JIFX) program. 

Ms. Lyla Englehorn, MPP has a Faculty Associate – Research appointment at the Naval Postgraduate School. Ms. Englehorn earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the Panetta Institute at CSU Monterey Bay. She looks at issues related to policy in the maritime domain and is involved in a number of projects at NPS.  As an active member of the NPS Design Thinking community, she executes CRUSER innovation thread activities - primarily the annual workshop using tools of design for rapid concept generation. 

Operations Manager

Ms. Jean Ferreira is a Program Manager in the Department of Information Sciences at the Naval Postgraduate School. Jean brings 30 years of experience providing business, fiscal, technical and operational management to government programs and private business enterprises to the position of Operations Manager for both the CRUSER and Field Experimentation research programs. She provides financial management and the development/execution of acquisition strategies to meet the mission of the funded research. She holds degrees in Biology, Chemistry and a Masters in Botany. Prior to her time with NPS, she provided policy and management strategy development and execution of research/restoration projects for the preservation and management of CA native flora on public and private lands.

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Fast Facts

Community of Interest members  

2966

Research Projects

166

Seed Funding distributed

$14M

NPS Theses & Dissertations

216

NPS Student Trips

159

Concept Generation Workshops

12

Technical Symposia

5

Research Fairs & Expos

8

Seminars & Lectures

18

Panel Discussions

6

Monthly Meeting Presentations

158

Papers & Presentations

157

Concepts Generated

504

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Annual Reports

CRUSER annual reports, available beginning with FY11, include a summary of activities for the year as well as seeded research project summaries. These reports, all processed as NPS Technical Reports, are available through the NPS Dudley Knox Library.

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