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Autonomy Research Pilot Initiative Web Feature

Catalyzing Collaboration and Communication for Autonomy: Seven Department of Defense Laboratory Teams Selected for Funding

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Development and deployment of autonomous technology is a priority across the Department of Defense. In November 2012, to complement our contracted research in autonomy with industry and academia, the department established the Autonomy Research Pilot Initiative (ARPI). This initiative is an experimental effort to attract internal DoD ideas from laboratory bench-level scientists and engineers, and encourage cross-service communication and collaboration on autonomy-related research topics.

ARPI image02Guided by feedback from operational experience and evolving mission requirements, seven proposals were selected out of 54 submissions to
be a part of this $45 million multi-year activity. These proposals feature either unique solutions for the cross-domain applicability of the products
or demonstrate new approaches to more established problems. The seven proposals selected are:

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The goal of ARPI is to advance technologies that will result in autonomous systems that provide more capability to warfighters, lessen the cognitive load on operator/supervisors, and lower overall operational cost.  The potential cross-cutting advances of this initiative in multiple domains provide an exciting prospect for interoperability among the military services as well as potentially meeting future acquisitions requirements.

Updated 5/21/13
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