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CRUSER Purpose

CRUSER was chartered at the direction of the Secretary of the Navy to create a broad consortium - spanning the Navy, Marine Corps, Department of Defense, academia, and industry - focused on the advancement of unmanned systems education and research in order to "shape generations of naval officers through education, research, concept generation and experimentation in maritime application of robotics, automation, and unmanned systems." In doing so, CRUSER provides a DoD-wide community of interest to exchange research and experimentation results related to unmanned systems integration with military and naval operations.

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The annual Naval Postgraduate School Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC) Workshop is an innovation engine leveraging our strength – our operational experienced students and defense oriented faculty – to address complex fleet issues and discover opportunities available through emerging technologies. Teams of early career engineers from industry, Navy labs, and academia with junior officers from NPS and other commands are facilitated through a three day rapid concept generation process to craft concepts of employment and risk assessments within a future conflict scenario.

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Upcoming Events

March 25 & 26, 2020

CRUSER invites you to participate in the first annual xSwarm Workshop on March 25 & 26th 2020, at the Monterey Dance & Event Center, 71 Soledad Dr.,Monterey, CA 93940.

xSwarm 2020 is an exploratory workshop for discussing the challenges of "black box" swarms or—xSwarms—large groups of agents for which there is a lack of a priori information about the internal control and decision-making mechanisms and only partial information about the system's perceptual and communication capabilities. The goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers across diverse fields to provoke sharing of research, discussion, and brainstorming for the development of new tools for understanding xSwarms.

Attendees will have the opportunity to present relevant research, suggest areas of inquiry to the community, and lead or participate in panel discussions.

For more details and contact info, please email xswarm@nps.edu.

September 2020

The next WIC Workshop will be held at the NPS campus in Monterey 21-24 September 2020. Topic TBD, to be set in June 2020.


CRUSER Monthly meeting.

See the RoboDojo schedule of events.

See the JIFX schedule of events.

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