09 August 2012

Office of Naval Research Chief on US Navy's Reliance on Robotic Systems in Unmanned Systems Conference

The Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is a global organization representing the views of the unmanned systems and robotics community. The organization is committed to shaping global policy by advocating on behalf of the unmanned systems and robotics community, monitoring legislation and assessing the global impact of the industry to ensure that obstacles to advancing and fielding unmanned systems and robotics are removed.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International is the world's largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community. It has more than 2,100 member organizations from 60 allied countries. Serving more than 7,000 members from government organizations, industry and academia, AUVSI is committed to fostering, developing, and promoting unmanned systems and robotic technologies. AUVSI members support defense, civil and commercial sectors.

AUVSI speaks for the unmanned systems and robotics community as a trusted source of information to government officials, regulators, media and the public. They represent the industry in Congressional hearings, participate in coalitions and collaborate with various trade associations and stakeholders to serve and achieve the interests of the unmanned systems and robotics community.

Chief of Naval Research moderates panel at Unmanned Systems Conference

Leading a panel discussion, the Department of the Navy's chief of naval research highlighted technology challenges and a vision for future maritime robotic systems Aug. 8 at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's (AUVSI) annual conference.

Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, the Office of Naval Research's 24th chief, spoke about the Navy's increasing reliance on maritime robotic systems to conduct a wide variety of missions, from oceanographic research to helping Sailors track down potential threats in waters around the globe.

"Our vision is to ensure successful integration between unmanned systems and the warfighter," Klunder said. "I believe this approach of developing a hybrid naval force of manned and unmanned systems is part of our innovative future."

Video: Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

He moderated a panel of experts who represent organizations that employ unmanned maritime systems. Topics included technology shortfalls, program efforts and current operations.

Panelists included the Navy's program manager of unmanned maritime systems, Capt. Duane Ashton; the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's deputy assistant administrator for oceanic and atmospheric research, retired Navy Capt. Craig McLean; Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's chief technologist, Dr. James Bellingham; and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's senior scientist in applied ocean physics and engineering, Dr. Dana Yoerger.

ONR's participation in AUVSI's Unmanned Systems North America 2012, held in Las Vegas, included exhibits and presentations highlighting research efforts in autonomy for robotic watercraft and ground robots, onboard planning systems for unmanned aircraft and control technologies for multiple autonomous systems.


Office of Naval Research
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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