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  • Reaches across the Navy, Marine Corps, Department of Defense, academia, and industry

  • Collaborative environment for the advancement of unmanned systems education and research endeavors

  • Community of interest for unmanned systems in military and naval operations

  • Encompasses the successful research, education, and experimentation efforts in unmanned systems

  • An inclusive community for all disciplines

  • Conducts concept generation workshops for naval missions

  • Hosts technical symposia to address naval missions, and field experimentation to test selected technologies

At the direction of the Secretary of the Navy, the Naval Postgraduate School leverages its long-standing experience and expertise in the research and education of robotics and unmanned systems to support the Navy's mission. The Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER) serves as a vehicle to align currently disparate research efforts and integrate academic courses across discipline boundaries. CRUSER Charter Document (2017)


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Upcoming Events

Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC) Workshop 2018:

Cross-Domain Operations


The Impact of Robotics and Autonomy on the future battlespace

17-20 September 2018, Naval Postgraduate School

This CRUSER sponsored Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC) Workshop is scheduled for 17-20 September 2018 as a Naval Postgraduate School Thesis & Research Week activity to apply emerging technologies to shape the way we fight. We use the tools of Design to rapidly generate concepts of interest to solve complex problems of interest to the fleet.


REGISTER to attend as an Observer, offer your services as a Mentor, or apply for a spot on a Concept Generation Team.

Background:  Starting in 2009, the NPS warfare innovation workshops have addressed self-propelled semi-submersibles, maritime irregular challenges, undersea weapons concepts and unmanned systems concepts generation. Participants in these workshops are junior officers from NPS, the fleet, and other DoD commands; and early career engineers from Navy laboratories, academia and industry. 


Workshop: Given the design challenge “How might emerging technologies enhance cross-domain operations?” small teams of junior officers from NPS and the fleet, and early career engineers from Navy labs, academia and industry will propose technologies and employment concepts in scenario based discussions.  Teams will brief their best concepts to sponsors, industry executives, and senior officers on the final morning of the workshop, and these results will be disseminated to fleet commands.

Selected concepts will begin CRUSER’s next Innovation Thread, and members of the CRUSER community of interest will be invited to further develop these concepts in response to the FY20 Call for Proposals. Technical members of the CRUSER community of interest will present proposals at a technical continuum gathering such as TechCon 2019 to test these selected concepts of interest in lab or field environments. A final report detailing process and outcomes will be released before the end of the 2019 calendar year to a vetted distribution list of leadership and community of interest members. Results of experimentation will be presented to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in the summer of 2020.

Warfare Innovation Workshop orientation video



October 29th - November 2nd

Camp Roberts, CA

Click below for more information


Experimenters Phone Call


1330 ET / 1030 PT  

(831) 296-3509 

These calls will give experimenters and interested parties the opportunity to ask questions and discuss collaboration for future FX events. 

If you planning to attend a FX event, you are highly encouraged to participate in these calls. 

NPS RoboDojo Website

RoboDojo Hours

Monday:         0830-1430
Tuesday:         0830-1430
Wednesday:   0830-1300
Thursday:        0830-1430
Friday:             Varies

The RoboDojo is located in Root Hall 125 A/B (On the library end of Root Hall)

We are open many other hours for workshops and other events, so come on in if you see our door open. We would welcome the opportunity to show you our lab resources and to discuss your thesis and personal projects.

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