- November 12, 2012
NREC Will Help Develop Autonomous ASW Vessel
Carnegie Mellon's National Robotics Engineering Center is part of a team assembled by prime contractor Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to design, build and test an unmanned autonomous surface vessel that can track a diesel-electric submarine for months and over thousands of kilometers with minimal supervision.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded SAIC a three-year, $58 million contract for the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program. SAIC had provided conceptual design services in the initial phase of the program, creating an innovative wave piercing trimaran. SAIC will now design and build the ACTUV prototype. NREC will develop the vessel's autonomous capability, with John Dolan, principal systems scientist at the Robotics Institute as principal investigator and Pete Rander, NREC associate director of operations, as co-PI.
About Carnegie Mellon:
Carnegie Mellon is a private research university with a
distinctive mix of programs in engineering, computer science, robotics, business,
public policy, fine arts and the humanities. More than 10,000 undergraduate and
graduate students receive an education characterized by its focus on creating
and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration,
and innovation. A small student-to-faculty ratio provides an opportunity for
close interaction between students and professors. While technology is pervasive
on its 144-acre Pittsburgh campus, Carnegie Mellon is also distinctive among
leading research universities for the world-renowned programs in its College of
Fine Arts. A global university, Carnegie Mellon has campuses in Silicon Valley, Calif.,
and Qatar, and programs in Asia, Australia and Europe.
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