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NPS Field Experimentation


JIFX

The FX program exists to provide an opportunity for NPS faculty, students, private companies, and academia to demonstrate and evaluate new technologies related to the Department of the Navy and the Department of Defense research in an operational field environment, and also to provide the operational community the opportunity to experiment with these technologies to better understand the capabilities that they may represent.

5 - 9 August 2019

Camp Roberts, CA

Focus Area: Autonomy, Human Machine Teaming, Command and Control (C2), and Cybersecurity

29 April - 3 May 2019
Camp Roberts, CA

Focus Areas: Artifical Intelligence, Machine Learning, Command and Control (C2), Autonomous Systems, and Cybersecurity

4 - 8 February 2019
Camp Roberts, CA

Focus Area: Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief

—Experiment Proposals for this event are closed—

Click here to register (required for all JIFX participants [experimenters, observers, media, etc])

(4 June - 8 June 2018)

04 - 08 June 2018

Camp Roberts, CA

Focus Area:

Persistent, multi-purpose support with

large (Group 2/3) Unmanned/Autonomous Systems

18-3 Request for Information Addendum

Click below for more information

 

 

Experimenters Phone Call

Wednesdays

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. 

 

 

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Technical Continuum (TechCon)

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CRUSER Technical Continuum (TechCon)

The annual CRUSER technical continuum (TechCon) is an opportunity for members of the community of interest to share ongoing CRUSER related research and education, or to propose new activities.  NPS faculty, staff and students, as well as external CRUSER members, are encouraged to participate. TechCon 2018 will include proposals for new work related to concepts of interest from our most recent Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC) Workshop.

CRUSER TechCon 2019

Wednesday 17 April 2019 0900-1600 ME Auditorium

Access the live video stream HERE

0900 Opening Reception - ME Auditorium Foyer

0930 Welcome Address - VADM Ann Rondeau USN (ret), NPS President

1000 PANEL 1: Government Innovators

  • CDR Pablo Breuer USN, SOFWERX
  • Dr. William F. Bundy, U.S. Naval War College
  • COL John Dillard USA (ret), NPS Systems Engineering
  • Adam Hesch, DIU Rogue Squadron
  • Garth Jensen, NSWC Dahlgren
  • Col Todd Lyons USMC, NPS Senior Marine
  • MODERATOR: Dr. Jeff Paduan, NPS Dean of Research

1115 NPS Student Innovation - LCDR Santhosh Shivashankar USN, NPS Network Operations & Technology student

1130 LUNCH 

fetch takeaway lunch to bring back to the next panel!

1200 PANEL 2: "Just One Thing": The Entrepreneurs 

  • Romin Dasmalchi, Kaman
  • David Marchetti, Ocean Power Technologies
  • David Merrill, Elroy Air
  • Scott Newbern, AeroVironment
  • Chris Smith, AT&T
  • MODERATOR: Dr. Raymond Buettner, NPS FX Director

1315 NPS Field Experimentation - Mr. Gregory Arenas, NPS Field Lab Site Manager

1330 PANEL 3: NPS Research

  • Dr. Christopher Brophy, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Dr. Don Brutzman, Information Sciences
  • Dr. Mollie McGuire, Information Sciences
  • Dr. Jonathan Phillips, Physics
  • Dr. Todd Weatherford, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Dr. Oleg Yakimenko, Systems Engineering
  • MODERATOR: Dr. Brian Bingham, NPS CRUSER Director

1430 Guided Lab Tours 

- meet in the ME Auditorium foyer (all tours leave at 1430)

1600 Networking Social - Trident Room

 

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CRUSER Technical Continuum (TechCon) 2018

17-18 April 2018

Tuesday 1230-1630 (Pacific)

Wednesday 1000-1630 (Pacific)

ME Auditorium

Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey CA (Campus Map and Directions)

The annual CRUSER technical continuum (TechCon) is an opportunity for members of the community of interest to share ongoing CRUSER related research and education, or to propose new activities.  NPS faculty, staff and students, as well as external CRUSER members, are encouraged to participate. TechCon 2018 will include proposals for new work related to concepts of interest from our most recent Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC) Workshop.

TechCon Abstract Booklet

TUESDAY 17 APRIL: 

1230 Research at NPS
1300 TOPIC SESSION 1: Swarming
1400 TOPIC SESSION 2: Networking
1500 TOPIC SESSION 3: Operations
1600 Networking Social - Trident Room, Herrmann Hall
 

WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL
0830 ONR Nemesis  - a supplemental brief for those with appropriate clearance only @STBL B18

1000 NPS Field Experimentation
1030 Wallenberg Autonomous Systems Project (WASP)
1050 The Tardy Development of Unmanned Surface Vehicles

1110 BREAK
1130 ONR Nemesis - Architecture to Operations (FOUO/NOFORN)
1150 LUNCH
1300
 TOPIC SESSION 4: Sensing
1400 TOPIC SESSION 5: Teaming
1500 TOPIC SESSION 6: Applications
1600 TOPIC SESSION 7: Education

 

External Participants: CRUSER TechCon 2018 is available to all CRUSER members with base access in person in Monterey, or via live streaming video CLICK HERE

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CRUSER Technical Continuum (TechCon) 2017

Date: 11-12 April 2017

Time: 0900-1530 each day - Schedule of Presentations

View Archived Video Presentations and Slides Herehttp://calhoun.nps.edu/handle/10945/53346

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Abstract Booklet: (download here)

Location: Ingersoll 122, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey CA

Contact: techcon@nps.edu

Description

CRUSER's annual NPS TechCon provides NPS Faculty and technical members of the greater CRUSER Community of Interest an opportunity to explore selected concepts in support of our Innovation Thread - “Developing Autonomy to Strengthen Naval Power.” The selected concepts listed below were generated during the September 2016 Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC) workshop. Although the concepts below have been highlighted, presentations may be about any robotics or autonomy related topic. These 15 minute TechCon presentations are designed to allow faculty to showcase how they might take one of these selected concepts to experimentation.

Drop-in any time between 0900-1500 on Tuesday or Wednesday to hear presentations that you are interested in.  No registration is required.

TechCon Booklet with presentation abstracts will be downloadable and linked to the CRUSER website (cruser.nps.edu) when available.

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Current CRUSER Innovation Thread: "Developing Autonomy to Strengthen Naval Power."  

Abstracts submitted address this innovation thread in the following topic areas:

1)     Littoral Mesh Networking & Remote Sensing: These concepts all employ autonomy to create a mesh network of communications and sensing nodes in a contested urban littoral environment.

2)     Innovative Undersea Warfare (USW): these concepts leverage autonomy to clear and secure sea lanes and harbor approaches for landing and resupply in a contested urban littoral environment.

3)     Autonomous USV Missions: these concepts employ autonomy to leverage or disable all available assets in a contested urban littoral environment.

These topic bins came from concepts presented at the September 2016 Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC) workshop. To request a full copy of the September 2016 WIC workshop report please email request (wiw@nps.edu). The workshop report is unclassified but distribution is limited (UNCLASSIFIED//FOUO/REL FVEY distro C).

TechCon 2016

Where & When

  • Date: 12-13 July 2016
  • Time: 0900-1400 each day - Schedule of Presentations will be posted here when available
  • Location: “The Tent” on The Quad, NPS Ingersoll Plaza
  • Watch Live Streaming of the Event: http://my.nps.edu/web/video

Contact CRUSER@NPS.EDU

Description

CRUSER's annual NPS TechCon provides NPS Faculty an opportunity to explore selected concepts in support of our Innovation Thread - “Creating Asymmetric Warfighting Advantages.” The selected concepts listed below were generated during the September 2015 Warfare Innovation Workshop. Although the concepts below have been highlighted, presentations may be about any concept related to the Innovation Thread. These 15 minute TechCon presentations are designed to allow faculty to showcase how they might take one of these selected concepts to experimentation.

Drop-in any time between 0900-1400 on Tues-Wed 12-13 July to hear presentations that you are interested in.  No registration is required.

TechCon Booklet with presentation abstracts will be downloadable and linked here when available.

 

Program + Abstracts: [Click Here]

Briefing Schedule (v. 3.0):  [Click Here]

 

Tuesday

Wed Sched.

Call for Abstracts (CLOSED) 

All technical members of the CRUSER community of interest are invited to submit an abstract in any of the following Robotics and Unmanned Systems (RAS) topic areas:

RAS Enabled/Support of: ...

1)      Temporal networks: agile ad hoc networks will create an asymmetric advantage in any future A2AD battlespace. 

2)      Agile communications: standardized communications between diverse assets in a future battlespace will improve  outcomes, and should be designed into technologies in development today. 

3)      Fleet-spoofing and/or MILDEC:  using small, expendable unmanned systems and retired assets, these concepts all endeavor to confuse our adversary and cause enemy forces to commit assets and weapons to counter an imaginary fleet. 

4)      Alternative PNT: robust means for positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) will be essential in a future battlespace, and could be accomplished using an array of sensors deployed on a variety of diverse assets. 

5)       Other RAS/Unmanned Systems concepts of interest that did not fit into a stated category leveraged small, expendable unmanned systems or the electromagnetic spectrum to create asymmetric advantages in an A2AD environment such as “Cross-Domain UAVs” and “Bio-Mimicry Comms”.

 

A full copy of the September 2015 Warfare Innovation Workshop report is available from Lyla Englehorn (laengleh@nps.edu).

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Concept Generation Workshop

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CRUSER Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC)

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 advancements in autonomy, machine learning, manned-unmanned teaming, emergent technologies, and unmanned systems be employed to enhance cross-domain operations in highly contested environments to accomplish missions more effectively and/or with less risk?   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 next FY Call for Proposals. Technical members of the CRUSER community of interest will present proposals at a technical continuum gathering such as TechCon  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 that 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) the following summer.

Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC) Workshop 2019

Logistics in Contested Environments: the impact of Robotics and Autonomy on logistics in the future battlespace

23-26 September 2019, Naval Postgraduate School

This CRUSER sponsored Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC) Workshop is scheduled for 23-26 September 2019 as a Naval Postgraduate School Thesis & Research Week activity to apply emerging technologies to shape the way we fight.

REGISTER to participate as a Mentor, Observer, or to apply for a spot on a Concept Generation Team

View the agenda here (https://my.nps.edu/web/cruser/events).

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 support logistics in contested environments?” 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. NPS students participating in a Directed Study “Concept Generation and Prototyping for the Warfighter” will prototype and test concepts of interest throughout the academic year for credit, and will present their findings at TechCon 2020. Technical members of the CRUSER community of interest will also propose aligned project work to develop and test concepts of interest in lab or field environments. A final report detailing workshop 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 2021 as part of the CRUSER Annual Report.

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.

REGISTER HERE to participate as a Mentor, and Observer, or to 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 FY19 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.

CRUSER Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC) 

Workshop 2017

“Distributed Maritime Operations: Combined, Joint, and Coalition Warfare at Sea”

“How might emerging technologies, joint, combined and coalition forces contribute to distributed maritime and cross-domain operations?”

  • Date: 18-21 Sept 2017
  • Times: 0800-1600 M/T/W, 0800-1200 Th
  • Location: Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA

Description (Download WICW-17 Fact Sheet Here)

Given the design challenge “How might emerging technologies, joint, combined and coalition forces contribute to distributed maritime and 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 conclusions to sponsors, industry executives, and senior officers on the final morning of the workshop, and these results will be disseminated to fleet commands.

This CRUSER sponsored Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC) workshop will begin with a day of knowledge leveling briefs, followed by two days of facilitated team concept generation work. The workshop will conclude with a morning of final concept briefs to senior leaders. 

Schedule (Download PDF here)

MON – 18 September

 

 

0800

Registration

GLASGOW 102

0830

CRUSER Overview

Dr. Ray Buettner, NPS CRUSER Director

0845

NPS Warfare Innovation Continuum & Scenario

CAPT Jeff Kline USN (ret), NPS Chair of Systems Engineering Analysis (SEA)

0915

Distributed Maritime Operations

CDR Jason Canfield USN, NWDC

0940

Future Fleet Design

CDR Erik Cyre USN, OPNAV N501 Future Fleet Design & Architecture

1005

Autonomous Data Collection

Dr. Lori Adornato, DARPA

1030

BREAK

 

1040

MDUSV

Mr. David Trask, NPS Professor of the Practice for MASINT Studies

1105

Maritime Dark Networks

Dr./CAPT Wayne Porter USN (ret), NPS Littoral Operations Center Director

1130

Partner Nation Perspective

CMDR Scott Craig, Royal Australian Navy

1150

Team Introductions

Ms. Lyla Englehorn, NPS CRUSER Associate Director

1200

LUNCH

 

1300

Welcome

VADM Ronald Route USN (ret), NPS President

1310

Implementing Concepts: an industrial technical example

Mr. Aaron Kline, Caterpillar International

1345

Rapid Prototyping & Testing

Mr. Jamie Hyneman, M5 Industries

1445

Tasking

CAPT Jeff Kline USN (ret), NPS SEA Chair

1515

Initial Team Meetings

BREAKOUT ROOMS

1600

Icebreaker

TRIDENT ROOM

 

 

TUES – 19 September

 

 

GLASGOW 102

0800

Welcome

Dr. Ray Buettner, NPS CRUSER Director

0810

Keynote Address

Brigadier General Frank Kelley USMC (ret), DASN Unmanned

0900

Process

Ms. Lyla Englehorn, NPS CRUSER Associate Director

0930

Discovery Interviews – Mentors

BREAKOUT ROOMS – Mentors meet in Glasgow Courtyard

1100

Concept Generation – Divergent

BREAKOUT ROOMS

1200

LUNCH

 

1300

DASN Panel on Issues in Autonomy – Mentors

GLASGOW 102

1430

Executive Time – Mentors

Concept Generation – Divergent to Convergent

BREAKOUT ROOMS

 

WED – 20 September

 

 

GLASGOW 102

0800

Welcome

Mr. Carl Oros, NPS CRUSER Associate Director

0810

Issues in Autonomy

CAPT George Galdorisi USN (ret), SSC-PAC

0835

Asset Integration

CAPT Karl Hasslinger, USN (Ret.), General Dynamics Electric Boat

0900

Ideas Into Reality

Mr. William Glenney, Institute for Future Warfare Studies

0930

Concept Generation – Convergent

  BREAKOUT ROOMS

1000

MBARI Tour – Mentors

van departs for Moss Landing @0930

1030

Directors & Chairs Rotation

BREAKOUT ROOMS

1200

LUNCH

 

1300

Concept Development – Final Push

BREAKOUT ROOMS

1330

NPS Lab Tour – Mentors

Guided tour leaves from Starbucks

 

THUR – 21 September

 

 

GLASGOW 102

0800

Team Photos & Evaluation

 

0830

Final Briefs

 

1200

ADJOURN

 

 
 

To Participate

This workshop is open to all NPS students – all curriculums, all services, DoD personnel from other commands and labs, and vetted CRUSER members from academia and industry. Concept Generation Teams for the 2017 workshop are FULL, but the workshop is still open to all CRUSER members who would like to attend as observers.  Please register here:  https://survey.nps.edu/811134/lang-en.  Registration is FREE but REQUIRED. 

Contact

Ms. Lyla Englehorn, MPP, CRUSER Assoc. Director,  laengleh@nps.edu, 831-656-2615

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CRUSER EXPO

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CRUSER EXPO-2018

Details

  • Date:  24 May 2018
  • Time: 12:30 - 16:30
  • Location: meet at NPS McNitt Ballroom veranda, Herrmann Hall (staging area)

Contact

CRUSER@nps.edu

Tour POC 24 May: 831-402-7625

Description

  • Guided lab tours for ALL members of the NPS community: students, faculty, staff, and families.  Also welcoming our guests from the MINWARA community attending the International Mine Warfare Symposium at the Embassy Suites
  • 90-minute tours leave from the McNit ballroom veranda every 15-20 minutes begining at 12:30.  Last tour departs at 1500.
  • Shuttling interested Mine Warfare Symposium participants from Embassy Suites to NPS for a 90 minute guided lab tour, with poster session on the McNitt Ballroom veranda overlooking the Rose Garden as start/end of the tour

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CRUSER Expo 2016

Details

  • Date:  26 May 2016
  • Location: NPS McNitt Ballroom, Herrmann Hall (starting location)

Contact

Lyla Englehorn

Description

  • Guided lab tours for the MINWARA community attending the International Mine Warfare Symposium 24-26 May 2016 at the Embassy Suites
  • Shuttle interested participants to NPS for a 90 minute guided lab tour, with poster session on the McNitt Ballroom veranda overlooking the Rose Garden as start/end of the tour

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Robots in the Roses

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CRUSER's annual research fair is an opportunity for the NPS CRUSER community of interest members to showcase their work – and an excellent way to inspire students of all ages to deepen their study of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). There is also a hands-on, robotics-related activity for elementary and secondary students.

CRUSER's Robots in the Roses

  • Date: 21 Apr 2016
  • Time: 1300-1700
  • Location: Spruance Plaza and the Quad

Description

NPS Community: See current NPS unmanned systems research & technology
NPS Students: Find a thesis topic or further your research connections!
ALL: Enjoy a lovely afternoon on The Quad
 
The “Robots in the Roses” Research Fair is on the calendar for the afternoon of Thursday 21 April 2016, 1300-1700. NPS students, faculty and staff are encouraged to come out and enjoy the festive afternoon and learn about what NPS researchers have been working on. You are also welcome to bring your families as there will be a STEM activity area.

Robots are cool!

CRUSER's 5th Annual Robots in the Roses

  • Date: 9 Apr 2015
  • Time: 11am - 2pm for Lab Tours, 2 - 5pm for Research Fair
  • Location: NPS Ingersoll Plaza

Contact

CRUSER

Description

New this year is CRUSER Tech Expo – which will feature guided lab tours leaving every 15 minutes beginning at 1100. Plan 90 minutes for the full tour and the final tour will leave at 1400.
 
Although the events are free and open to the public, the campus is not. If you would like to bring a group of students to CRUSER Tech Expo or the “Robots in the Roses” research fair, please contact us to arrange campus access as soon as possible, but absolutely before Monday 6 April. I will need to arrange an escort for your group. There is parking available on campus. For those with base access, stroll on by any time after 11am to join a lab tour, or between 2pm and 5pm to see the exhibits. However, be aware that rain cancels the research fair as it is outdoors.
 
Come celebrate National Robotics Week with CRUSER, and come see the robots!

Overview Video

http://www.nps.edu/video/portal/Video.aspx?enc=csqosVhDa2gyI5vBO4g1fzkUjoQng8AC