News Articles with Category: Autonomy

Unmanned Systems Experts Convene to Discuss Challenges, Chaos and Opportunities at Navy's "High-Value" Technical Exchange

August 28, 2014 - via NSWC Dahlgren "Integrating unmanned systems into the Fleet has always been the biggest challenge. Technology hurdles can be overcome, but true unmanned systems integration requires us to alter our entire approach to warfighting to obtain the maximum benefit from the new capabilities".

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Bluefin and MIT Demonstrate AUV Plug-n-Play Payload Autonomy

July 23, 2013 - via Bluefin Robotics It allows us to test the mission configuration by connecting the payload computer carrying the autonomy software to a laptop computer with a simulation environment representing realistic platform dynamics and sensory input. The autonomy software is then installed on a small platform such as the Bluefin-9 for field-testing of the autonomy at low cost before it is finally installed on the operational platform such as the Bluefin-21

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Pentagon Project Seeks to Build Autonomous Robots

June 13, 2013 - via Defense Tech The Pentagon has awarded about $45 million to seven teams of government researchers, each tasked with solving a problem in the areas of robotics and autonomy.

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James Gosling Smartens up Floating Robot with Linux/Java "Regulus" OS

April 10, 2013 - via Linux.com Instead of sending raw sensor data, Regulus can analyze and summarize the data onboard. For example, if the craft is carrying a hydrophone to listen underwater, and if customers can't wait to retrieve the recordings later, Regulus can instantly report key findings.

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U S Department of Defense Directive: Autonomy in Weapon Systems

March 18, 2013 - via US Department of Defense The US Department of Defense has issued a policy directive on the use of autonomy in Weapons systems

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Here’s How Darpa’s Robot Ship Will Hunt Silent Subs

December 27, 2012 - via Wired SAIC is designing the ACTUV to be way more autonomous than contemporary drone aircraft: After a sailor powers it up and helps guide it out of port, she can go on a long vacation while the ACTUV speeds out to the open water to use its long-range acquisition sonar and other advanced sensors to scan for submarines, while automatically steering clear of any nearby surface ships.

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Nearly $50 million in research funding awarded by NSF

September 17, 2012 - via National Science Foundation Search-and-rescue, planet exploration, home health care and drug delivery are potential applications that offer tremendous economic and societal impacts

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Autonomous systems face obstacles says Defense Science Board task force

September 4, 2012 - via Fierce Government IT Despite having a significant and positive impact on U.S. military operations worldwide, unmanned systems are underutilized due to "obstacles" within the Defense Department that are "inhibiting the broad acceptance" of these systems and DoD's ability to more fully realize their benefits.

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Maritime Open Architecture Autonomy (MOAA) Industry Day

August 27, 2012 - via NUWC Newport The Navy plans to hold a MOAA Industry Day at the Kossiakoff Center, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD, 20723 on 14 Sept 2012.

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MOAA software goes GOSS

July 16, 2012 - via Fierce Government The Navy says it will release software developed for the autonomous control of underwater vehicles to industry as government open source.

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Announcement of Maritime Open Architecture Autonomy (MOAA) Industry Day and software availability.

July 11, 2012 - via FedBizOps To help inform the potential US DoD Contractor MOAA user base, the Navy plans to hold a MOAA Industry Day at the Kossiakoff Center, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD, 20723 on 14 Sept 2012.

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Announcement of Maritime Open Architecture Autonomy (MOAA) Industry Day and software availability.

July 11, 2012 - via FedBizOps To help inform the potential US DoD Contractor MOAA user base, the Navy plans to hold a MOAA Industry Day at the Kossiakoff Center, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD, 20723 on 14 Sept 2012.

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Technion examines underwater autonomy

May 31, 2012 - via UVOnline The CTO of Technion has highlighted the need for technological advances in the autonomy of unmanned marine vehicles to counteract the communications challenge of underwater operations.

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Virtual Exploration, Virtually Everywhere

May 14, 2012 - via Huffington Post Terrestrial telerobotics latencies can also be days to weeks; for example, for some AUVs that might only surface occasionally to radio their data and status back to remote controllers. Such long latencies make the often more desirably immersive experience of telepresence challenging, though as the symposium demonstrated, people are beginning to think about technologies and operational strategies that could help to work around some of those challenges.

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UK-led project aims for AUVs that can learn from mistakes

March 22, 2012 - via The Engineer The aim of PANDORA is to build systems that can recognise when they’ve failed. ‘So they’re trying to carry out a task but something has gone wrong — then they can learn from that and figure out how to change what they’re doing in order to succeed,’

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Pandoras Box holds key to fully autonomous underwater robots

March 12, 2012 - via Heriot-Watt University The Ocean Systems Laboratory (OSL) team at Heriot-Watt University is designing a new approach to independently motivated Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), with the aim of significantly improving the inspection, repair and maintenance reliability of vehicles used for underwater monitoring.

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US Navy says Autonomy is Key to Underwater Vehicles

February 13, 2012 - via Unmanned Systems Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, chief of Naval Research at the Office of Naval Research in Arlington, Va., put autonomy on the short list for historic naval achievements.

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MERS tackles the human-robot divide

October 11, 2011 - via MIT Williams’ group is developing control algorithms that enable successful human-robot coordination. Williams strongly believes that robots and autonomous systems can play a major role in the coming years, assisting the elderly, leading search-and-rescue operations and even exploring outer space

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ASTM Unmanned Maritime Vehicle Committee To Meet in Washington, D.C.

August 9, 2011 - via ASTM Committee F41 is focused on the development of standards and guidance materials for unmanned undersea vehicle systems and unmanned surface vehicle systems to facilitate an interoperable, modular and multifunctional family of platforms.

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‘Bio-inspired brain’ to help robots think for themselves

July 18, 2011 - via Silicon Republic “Our research is focused on mimicking evolution in nature,” Morgan continued. “The latest hardware neural network currently in development will contain thousands of small electronic neuron-like devices which interoperate concurrently, in a similar way to neurons in the biological brain.

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DARPA Synapse phase 2 targets integrated neuromorphic chip

July 7, 2011 - via The Next Big Future The vision of the Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) program is the development of biological-scale neuromorphic electronic systems for autonomous, unmanned, robotic systems where humans are currently the only viable option.

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How Does a Terminator Know When to Not Terminate?

September 27, 2010 - via Discover Magazine In the skies above Afghanistan and along the roadsides of Iraq, unmanned military machines are changing the nature of combat. These robots may soon be making life-or-death decisions themselves.

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