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US Navy Robotics Research Facility Promotes Obama's National Robotics Initiative

Question asked by Ambarish Ganesh in #Robotics on Mar 18, 2012
Ambarish Ganesh
Ambarish Ganesh · Mar 18, 2012
Rank B1 - LEADER
NASA and DARPA have had their achievements in the robotic domain, and now the Navy too intends to level them on the advancements. This intention has led to the opening of a new research facility in Washington, for the advancements in robotics.[​IMG]

The multi-disciplinory Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research (LASR) was opened by the navy on its prime site to buck up the cutting-edge research in the field of robotics and autonomous systems that may be useful to the Navy, the Marine Corps, and the Department of Defense (DOD), stated a White House blog post by Alan C. Schulz, Director, LASR. This move also encourages President Obama's National Robotics Initiative, where several agencies together are attempting to develop robots to cooperate with humans to cater to all issues in defense, space, health, and manufacturing industries, as well as to make United States the world leader in the field robotics.

There are a lot of robotic options to develop and review and the Navy is considering them all right now. The list includes unmanned underwater vehicles, autonomous firefighting robots, and sensor networks, states Schulz. LASR has some of the state-of-the-art sophisticated technology to undertake such kind of a research, that also takes into account the world's largest space for real-time motion capture. This will aid in the controlling of air/ground vehicles, and also aid in monitoring human interaction with the robots. The facility also has machine and electrical shops, that will let researchers get parts straightaway using electronic drawings. Special laboratories for human-robot interaction, sensors, power and energy exist in the facility. Posted in: #Robotics

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