CAPT Rich Davis, United States Navy, National Defense University, traveled to Boston with students from this year’s class at the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. With him was a cadre of 15 students and 4 faculty. The students were a mix of senior military officers and senior government civilians from both DoD and other government agencies. They are in a 10 month Master’s program which includes a deep dive into a particular industry. Their focus - Robotics and Autonomous Systems. Is there a better place to visit to learn about robotics and autonomous systems than Boston?
They group began at Vecna Technologies in Cambridge to learn about their fleet of autonomous systems and robotics research. Their second stop was the NERVE Center at UMass Lowell where they received a firsthand demonstration of the NASA Valkyrie humanoid robot. They also saw ground mobile robot testing as well as drones. Their third and last stop of the day was at Endeavor Robotics with a very impressive museum and show room for demonstrations of the FirstLook and progression of PackBots.
Day two was spent in the Seaport at MassChallenge and then MassRobotics where they were briefed about innovation, shared work space and collaboration. Presentations from Riptide Autonomous Solutions and from Sea Machines provided a look at autonomous aquatic systems – both subsurface and surface.
Figure 1 NERVE Center demonstration of Valkyrie
Figure 2 NERVE center - one of their ground mobile test areas
Figure 3 Demonstration at Endeavor Robotics
Figure 4 Jeff Smith from Riptide shows off their Micro-UUV
Figure 5 Michael Johnson of Sea Machines discusses their technology
Thanks to all who made the visit a success:
· Vecna Technologies – David Clear
· NERVE Center – Adam Norton and crew
· Endeavor Robotics – Sean Bielat and Rob Birmingham
· MassChallenge – Eric Lanoue
· MassRobotics – Tom Ryden
· Riptide Autonomous Solutions– Jeff Smith
· Sea Machines – Michael Johnson
Figure 6 The Eisenhower Students and Faculty in the MassRobotics Lab Space