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50 Leading Robotics Organizations are Set and Ready to Demo during U.S. Army “Robotics Rodeo” at Fort Benning

POSTED 10/18/2010

rong>One-of-a-kind showcase with robots of all shapes and sizes open to media

U.S. ARMY DETROIT ARSENAL, MI & FORT BENNING, GA – For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Army has invited prominent robotics technologists from across the country to display their most forward-looking technologies and demonstrate how those unmanned systems can support current and future military, disaster relief and humanitarian support efforts.

Now, the dust is clearing, set up is complete and the 2010 Robotics Rodeo has kicked off. The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) has welcomed the 50 organizations to Fort Benning, GA. Technology innovators will participate in both task-based events and open robotics demonstrations with stated goals of motivating the industry, educating developers and observing the current state of ground robotics technology and artificial intelligence.

Media are invited to attend Oct. 14-15. In addition to the robotic demonstrations, representatives from the military and commercial industries will be available for comment. And the robots will provide plenty of photo and video opportunities.
“For 2010, our focus is tightened to looking at improvements in small robotic platforms and the ‘teaming’ of manned and unmanned systems,” explained U.S. Army TARDEC Senior Research Scientist in Robotics Dr. Jim Overholt. “This will be a valuable, attention-grabbing, motivating event that will benefit our forces.”

TARDEC is co-hosting the 2010 Robotics Rodeo at Fort Benning with the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence. Fort Benning and The Maneuver Center provides trained, adaptive and ready Soldiers and leaders for an Army at War. Further, they develop future requirements for the individual Soldier and maneuver force. More information is available at: https://www.benning.army.mil.

For more information or to register for this free event, visit: www.tardec.info/roboticsrodeo/

Headquartered at the Detroit Arsenal in Warren, MI, TARDEC is the Nation’s laboratory for advanced military automotive technology and serves as the Ground Systems Integrator for all Department of Defense (DOD) manned and unmanned ground vehicle systems. With roots dating back to the World War II era, TARDEC is a full life-cycle, systems engineering support provider-of-first-choice for all DOD ground combat and combat support weapons, equipment and vehicle systems. TARDEC develops and integrates the right technology solutions to improve Current Force effectiveness and provides superior capabilities for Future Force integration. TARDEC’s technical, scientific and engineering staff lead cutting-edge research and development in Ground Systems Survivability; Power and Mobility; Intelligent Ground Systems; Force Projection; and Vehicle Electronics and Architecture. TARDEC is a major research, development and engineering center for Research, Development and Engineering Command and an enterprise partner in the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.
For more information about TARDEC, visit us at www.tardec.army.mil.
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