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CRUSER Funding FY12-20CRUSER Research

CRUSER has funding to support NPS Faculty research focused on any aspect of unmanned systems/robotics related research.  Researchers are selected based upon presentations at our spring Technical Continuum (TechCon) or our annual Call for Proposals. Proposals that support concepts from our current innovation thread are encouraged, but all research related to unmanned systems or robotics will be considered. 

CRUSER has been seeding research since 2011. For past Annual Reports with project summaries, see the list below.

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.

2018
2017
2016
2011-2016
 

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TechTalks

CRUSER Tech Talk #2 - Dr. Sean Kragelund

CRUSER Tech Talk #1: Dr. Peter Guest

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Call for Proposals

Draft Call for Proposals FY20 (doc)
Template for CFP Quad Chart (Powerpoint)
Proposal Template (doc)

CRUSER funds NPS Faculty research focused on any aspect of unmanned systems/robotics related research that allign with our chartered mission of "shap[ing] generations of naval officers through education, research, concept generation and experimentation in maritime application of robotics, automation, autonomy and unmanned systems." Proposals are selected during our annual Call for Proposals.  Research that supports the Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC) Workshop innovation thread concepts  are highly encouraged, but all research related to unmanned systems or robotics will be considered.

Call for proposals for FY19 is currently closed.

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Current Funded Research

Unmanned Systems Interoperability Standardization: US Navy and International Community Activities
Dr. Curtis Blais

Short-Term Self-Moving Maritime-Land Mesh Networks
Prof. Alex Bordetsky

A Sourcing Strategy for Scaling Unmanned Mine Countermeasure Capabilities
Dr. John Dillard

Enable Real-Time Access to Underwater Acoustic and Beam-Forming Data on a Hybrid Aqua-Quad Vehicle
Prof. Vlad Dobrokhodov
Dr. Kevin Jones
Dr. Paul Leary

Dynamic Automatic Calibration of Coherent Radar UAV Swarm Arrays
Dr. DavidGarren
Dr. Phil Pace

Distributed Adaptive Submodularity for Mixed-Initiative, UxV Networked Control Systems
Dr. Doug Horner
Dr. Sean Kragelund

Environmental Hardening and At-Sea Testing of the Aqua-Quad Hybrid Platform
Dr. Kevin Jones
Prof. Vlad Dobrokhodov
Dr. Paul Leary

Long endurance, wide-area maritime surveillance system
Dr. John Joseph
Dr. Doug Horner
Dr. Kevin Smith

Multi-Domain Super Swarm: Robust Tactics for Engaging an Attacking Large-Scale Swarm
Prof. Isaac Kaminer
Dr. Claire Walton

3D-Printable Artificial Muscles for UUV propulsion
Dr. Emil Kartalov

Bio-inspired MEMS acoustic sensor for small flying UAS localization
Dist. Prof.Gamani Karunasiri
Dr. Fabio Alves

Identification of Wave Environments that Degrade the Performance of AUVs Operating Near-Surface
Dr. Joseph Klamo
Dist. Prof. Young Kwon

The effect of stress on the decision to rely on automation: An investigation into transparency and anthropomorphism on decision making with autonomy under stress
Dr. Mollie McGuire

Development of Autonomous, Optimized Capabilities for MC3
Prof. Jim Newman
Mr. Gio Minelli

Dynamics and Control of an Autonomous "Tugboat-Spacecraft" to maneuver a passive Resident Space Object
Prof. Marcello Romano

Deterministic Artificial Intelligence for Surmounting Battle Damage
Dr. Timothy Sands, COL., USAF

Acoustic Target Motion Analysis from Novel Autonomous Systems Using Light-Weight, Low-Power Data Acquisition Systems
Prof. Kevin Smith
Prof. Vlad Dobrokhodov

Cybersecurity Evaluation and Testing of the ROS 2 Architecture for Networked UAV Systems
Dr. Preetha Thulasiriaman

Autonomous systems adoption challenges and requirements management solutions
Dr. Douglas Van Bossuyt
Dr. Bryan Mesmer (UAH)
Dr. Kristin Weger (UAH)

Air Superiority via Decentralized Swarming Tactics and Autonomous Pursuit
Prof. Oleg Yakimenko

 

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Past Funded Research

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2018 Funded Research

Research Title and Principal Investigator(s)

ROS 2: Cyber Security and Network Robustness for Robotics
Dr. Brian Bingham
Dr. Preetha Thulasiraman

Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) for Marine Fire Teams
Dr. Dan Boger
Mr. Scott Miller

Short-Living Nodes and Links for Littoral Mesh Networking
Prof. Alex Bordetsky   

Aerial Swarm Behavior Development in Support of USMC Training
Dr. Dwayne Davis
Dr. Kevin Jones
CDR Kathleen Giles

Adaptive Submodularity for Mixed-Initiative UxV Network Control Systems
Dr. Doug Horner

Swarm Future Platforms
Dr. Kevin Jones
Dr. Dwayne Davis

Bio-inspired MEMS acoustic sensor for robotic autonomous systems applications
Dist. Prof.Gamani Karunasiri
Dr. Fabio Alves

The Decision to Rely on Automation Under Stress: The Debut Experimentation Effort for the Human Cognition and Automation Lab
Dr. Mollie McGuire

Cooperative Autonomous ScanEagle
Mr. Aurelio Monarrez
Dr. Sean Kragelund

Development of Autonomous, Optimized Capabilities for MC3
Prof. Jim Newman

Simultaneous visual and IR UAV imaging of littoral systems for AI driven change detection
Prof. Mara Orescanin

Network Enabled Digital Swarm Image Synthesis (NEDSIS) Phase 2
Prof. Phillip Pace
Prof. Ric Romero

Data Farming Explorations of the Tactics and Benefits of Unmanned Systems and Unmanned-Manned Teaming
Dr. Susan Sanchez
Dr. Tom Lucas

Acoustic Vector Sensing from Novel Autonomous Systems Using Light-Weight, Low-Power Data Acquisition Systems
Prof. Kevin Smith
Prof. Vlad Dobrokhodov

Study of Cybersecurity Requirements for the Military Robot Operating System (ROS-M) using ROS 2.0 on Unmanned Aerial Networks
Prof. Preetha Thulasiriaman

Mission Planning in Support of SAR Operations Involving Heterogeneous UxSs 
Prof. Oleg Yakimenko

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2017 Funded Research

Research Title and Principal Investigator(s)

Investigation of Requirements and Capabilities of Next Generation Mine Warfare (MIW) Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs)
Dr. Paul Beery
Dr. Eugene Paulo
RADM (Ret.) Rick Williams

Multi-Domain  Mesh Network of Short Appearance Unmanned Nodes
Prof. Alex Bordetsky  

Alternative PNT for Persistent Undersea Navigation
Dr. Doug Horner

Arctic Scan Eagle
Dr. Doug Horner
Mr. Aurelio Monarrez

UAV EM Sensors for Spectrum Sensing and Propagation Environment Assessment
Prof. David Jenn

Cooperative Underwater Sensing with Aqua-Quad
Prof. Kevin Jones
Prof. Vladimir Dobrokhodov
Dr. Doug Horner

Low-Cost Expendable UAS with Application to  Low Altitude Atmospheric Measurements - Phase II
Prof. Kevin Jones
Prof. Qing Wang
Bio-inspired MEMS acoustic sensor for robotic autonomous systems applications
Distinguished Prof. Gamani Karunasiri
Dr. Fabio Alves

C2 Design for Asymmetric Advantage: Teams of Autonomous Systems & People
Prof. Mark Nissen

Multi-Modal Sensor Fusion from Autonomous Platforms with 3D Modeling
Prof. R. C. Olsen

Network Enabled Digital Swarm Image Synthesis (NEDSIS)
Prof. Ric Romero
Prof. Phillip Pace

Study of Security Primitives for the Robot Operating System (ROS) of UAV Swarms
Dr. Preetha Thulasiraman

Autonomous Wave Glider Based Measurements and Analyses In Support of Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare (EMW)
Prof. Qing Wang

Vision-Based Navigation and Guidance for Swarm UAS
Prof. Oleg Yakimenko

Prototyping of Air-Launched Fast Recon UAS
Prof. Oleg Yakimenko

Optimal Trajectory Generation for Small Drones Used as Micro Interceptors
Distinguished Prof. Xiaoping Yun
Dr. James Calusdian

Closing the Experimental Gap in the Search and MCM Communities
Prof. Isaac Kaminer
Sean Kragelund

Investigation of unsteady hydrodynamic loads on a UUV during near surface operations 
Prof. Joseph T. Klamo
Young W. Kwon

Innovations in unmanned technologies for humanitarian assistance, nonlethal weapons, and more
Prof. Susan M. Sanchez
Prof. Thomas W. Lucas

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Prior Funded Research

To see research funded prior to 2016, please see our Annual Reports.