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December 2018 CRUSER Monthly Meeting

Date: 3 December 2018

Time:  1200-1250 (Pacific Time (US & Canada))

Location:  ME Auditorium

Remote Connection:  https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2014002&username=&password=M.66F9FE61F58F1651000C7DFF65DA63

Dial-in:  571-392-7703 PIN 629 103 443 905

Agenda

1200-1215 –Welcome

1215-1230 – Dr. Fabio Alves, NPS: Acoustic detection of Small Flying UAS using bio-inspired MEMS sensors 

1230-1245 – Dr. Margo Edwards, Director Applied Research Laboratory Researcher at the University of Hawaii: The Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawaii

1245-1250 – Closing Remarks

 

December 2018 CRUSER Monthly Meeting

Date: 3 December 2018

Time:  1200-1250 (Pacific Time (US & Canada))

Location:  ME Auditorium

Remote Connection:  https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2014002&username=&password=M.66F9FE61F58F1651000C7DFF65DA63

Dial-in:  571-392-7703 PIN 629 103 443 905

Agenda

1200-1215 –Welcome

1215-1230 – Dr. Fabio Alves, NPS: Acoustic detection of Small Flying UAS using bio-inspired MEMS sensors 

1230-1245 – Dr. Margo Edwards, Director Applied Research Laboratory Researcher at the University of Hawaii: The Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawaii

1245-1250 – Closing Remarks

November 2018 CRUSER Monthly Meeting

Date: 19 November 2018

Time:  1200-1250 (Pacific Time (US & Canada))

Location:  ME Auditorium

Remote Connection:  https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2014002&username=&password=M.66F9FE61F58F1651000C7DFF65DA63

Dial-in:  571-392-7703 PIN 629 103 443 905

Agenda

1200-1215 –Welcome

1215-1230 – Dr. Mara S. M. Orescanin, NPS: Classification of Littoral Environments using Deep Learning

1230-1245 – LT Ross Eldred, USN: AUV Prototype Development for Wreck Interior Exploration

1245-1250 – Closing Remarks

CRUSER Seminar

Monday October 22nd, 2018 

Professor Kristi Morgansen, Ph.D., University of Washington

Interim Chair Professor and Associate Chair for Academics

Adjunct in Electrical Computer Engineering

Kristi


Empirical Methods at the Boundary of Model-Based and 

Learned Integrated Sensing and Actuation

Abstract

A fundamental element of effective operation of autonomous systems is the need for appropriate sensing and processing of measurements to enable desired system actions. Model-based methods provide a clear framework for careful proof of system capabilities but suffer from mathematical complexity and lack of scaling as probabilistic structure is incorporated. Conversely, learning methods provide viable results in probabilistic and stochastic structures, but they are not generally amenable to rigorous proof of performance.  A key point about learning systems is that the results are based on use of a set of training data, and those results effectively lie in the convex hull of the training data.  This presentation will focus on use of model-based nonlinear empirical observability criteria to assess and improving and bounding performance of learning pose (position and orientation) of rigid bodies from computer vision.  A particular question to be addressed is what sensing data should be captured to best improve the existing training data.  The particular tools to be leveraged here focus on the use of empirical observability gramian techniques being developed for nonlinear systems where sensing and actuation are coupled in such a way that the separation principle of linear methods does not hold.  These ideas will be discussed relative to both engineering applications in the form of motion planning for range and bearing only navigation in autonomous vehicles, vortex position and strength estimation from pressure measurements on airfoils, and effective strain sensor placement on insect wings for inertial measurements.

Biography

Kristi Morgansen received a BS and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, respectively in 1993 and 1994, an S.M. in Applied Mathematics in 1996 from Harvard University and a PhD in Engineering Sciences in 1999 from Harvard University. Until joining the University of Washington, she was first a postdoctoral scholar then a senior research fellow in Control and Dynamical Systems at the California Institute of Technology. She joined the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics in the summer of 2002 as an assistant professor. She is currently a full professor and Interim Chair of the department.

Professor Morgansen’s research interests focus on nonlinear systems where sensing and actuation are integrated, stability in switched systems with delay, and incorporation of operational constraints such as communication delays in control of multi-vehicle systems.  Applications include both traditional autonomous vehicle systems such as fixed-wing aircraft and underwater gliders as well as novel systems such as bio-inspired underwater propulsion, bio-inspired agile flight, human decision making, and neural engineering.  The results of this work have been demonstrated in estimation and path planning in unmanned aerial vehicles with limited sensing, vorticity sensing and sensor placement on fixed wing aircraft, landing maneuvers in fruit flies, joint optimization of control and sensing in dynamical systems, and deconfliction and obstacle avoidance in autonomous systems and in biological systems including fish, insects, birds, and bats. 

https://www.aa.washington.edu/people/faculty/morgansen 


Date: October 22nd, 2018 

Time: 1200-1250 (PDT)

Location:  ME Auditorium

Remote Connection:  https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2014002&username=&password=M.66F9FE61F58F1651000C7DFF65DA63

Dial-in:  571-392-7703 PIN 629 103 443 905

Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC) Workshop 2018

Cross-Domain Operations: the impact of Robotics and Autonomy on the future battlespace

17-20 September 2018, Naval Postgraduate School

This CRUSER sponsored Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC) Workshop is scheduled for 17-20 September 2018 as a Naval Postgraduate School Thesis & Research Week activity to apply emerging technologies to shape the way we fight.

REGISTER HERE to participate as a Mentor, and Observer, or to apply for a spot on a Concept Generation Team


Background:  Starting in 2009, the NPS warfare innovation workshops have addressed self-propelled semi-submersibles, maritime irregular challenges, undersea weapons concepts and unmanned systems concepts generation. Participants in these workshops are junior officers from NPS, the fleet, and other DoD commands; and early career engineers from Navy laboratories, academia and industry. 

Workshop: Given the design challenge “How might emerging technologies enhance cross-domain operations?” small teams of junior officers from NPS and the fleet, and early career engineers from Navy labs, academia and industry will propose technologies and employment concepts in scenario based discussions.  Teams will brief their best concepts to sponsors, industry executives, and senior officers on the final morning of the workshop, and these results will be disseminated to fleet commands.

Selected concepts will begin CRUSER’s next Innovation Thread, and members of the CRUSER community of interest will be invited to further develop these concepts in response to the FY19 Call for Proposals. Technical members of the CRUSER community of interest will present proposals at a technical continuum gathering such as TechCon 2019 to test these selected concepts of interest in lab or field environments. A final report detailing process and outcomes will be released before the end of the 2019 calendar year to a vetted distribution list of leadership and community of interest members. Results of experimentation will be presented to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in the summer of 2020.

Agenda

1200-1215 – Dr. Brian Bingham: Welcome and CRUSER FY19 Call for Proposals Discussion

1215-1230 – Boon Hong Aaron Teow: Assessing Effectiveness of Using Combat UGV Swarm in Urban Operations

1230-1245 – Wee Leong Lee: Feasibility Assessment of sUAS-based FOD Detection System

1245-1250 – Closing Remarks

Agenda

1200 - Welcome and Opening Remarks

1205 - Dr. Ray Buettner and NPS CRUSER Staff: Cybersecurity for UxV Systems

1245 - Closing Remarks

 

Agenda

1200 – Welcome

1205 – LT Andy Schnieders: Comparison Study of Low-Level Controller Techniques for Unmanned Surface Vessels

1225 – LT Tiffany Clark: Integrity-Based Trust Violations within Human-Machine Teaming

1245 – Closing Remarks

Agenda

1200 – Welcome

1205 – Sondre Engebraten – Test and Evaluation of Decentralized Controller for a Multi-Function Drone Swarm

1225  – CPT Todd Howe – Planning and Prototyping a SAR Mission with UxVs

1245 – Closing Remarks

 

Agenda

1200 – Welcome

1205 – Dr. Alex Bordetsky, NPS, Director of CENETIX – Integrating and operating the Multi-Thread Experiment (MTX) Maritime, Land and Air Network

1245 – Closing Remarks

 

Center for Network Innovation and Experimentation (CENETIX) Mission

The U.S. Naval Postgraduate School Center for Network Innovation and Experimentation (CENETIX) was founded in 2004 as a research venue for exploring frontiers of self-organizing tactical networking and collaboration. It provides students and faculty with opportunities for interdisciplinary study of agile adaptive wireless networks, social network dynamics, network-controlled unmanned vehicles, sensors, intelligent agents, and situational awareness platforms.

CENETIX integrates and manages the unique student-operated NPS-SOCOM Tactical Network Topology and Maritime Interdiction Operations Testbed. The plug-and-play testbed, which includes fixed, rapidly-deployable, and mobile network operations centers, stretches between NPS, Camp Roberts, San Francisco Bay, Ft. Eustis, Port Authority NY-NJ with global reachback to the US experts centers and overseas partner sites in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Greece and Singapore.

CENETIX supports several national level field experimentation campaigns, including the Tactical Network Topology (TNT) program, run in cooperation with U.S. Special Operations Command, and the Maritime Interdiction Operations experimentation series in collaboration with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

The project work at CENETIX involves cooperation with researchers and students from National Laboratories, top universities and military institutions, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, MIT, Naval Research Laboratory, University of California Santa Barbara, Johns Hopkins University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Bundeswehr in Munich, Swedish National Defense College, Swedish Naval Warfare Center, Systematik-Denmark, NATO Maritime Interdictions Operations Training Center in Crete, Defense Science and Technology Agency of Singapore, and Salzburg Research. A strong group of industry partners supports CENETIX team work on TNT and MIO experiments Industry and academic partners are available from CENETIX PARTNERS link.

Agenda

1200 – Welcome

1205 – Dr. Doug Horner, Dr. Alex Bordetsky, Dr. Sean Kragelund and Aurelio Monarrez- Multi-Thread Experiment (MTX)

1245 – Closing Remarks

MTX

Agenda

1200 – Welcome

1205 – CDR Katy Giles, USN - Mission-based Architecture for Swarm Composability

1225 – Dr. Ray Buettner and Ashley Hobson, NPS - Sea, Land, and Air Military Research (SLAMR) Facility

1245 – Closing Remarks

Agenda

1200 – Welcome

1205 – Gerald Scott, NPS - Field Experimentation 18-2 

1210 – Michael McCarrin, NPS - Enhancing Object Recognition in LIDAR Point-Cloud Data

1230 – Jessica Reichers, NAWCWD - Autonomous Research Arena (AuRa) Human-Machine Interface

1250 – Closing Remarks