Dr. James T. Hing awarded DoD Scientist of Quarter, recognized for robotics
Among many other achievements, Dr. James T. Hing really knows how to clear a deck.
In fact, for his research in using robotics to reduce workload and increase safety for Sailors on the flight deck, Hing, a Naval Air Systems Command engineer, has been named the Department of Defense Laboratory Scientist for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2017.
A recognized leader in robotics at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) in Lakehurst, New Jersey, Hing focuses on integrating everyday, affordable hardware solutions into challenging Navy and Marine operational environments. He’s authored 19 publications on the subject. The aircraft carrier environment is especially challenging for robotics. The deck is a crowded, cluttered obstacle course of seen and unseen obstacles and moving parts. Imagine electromagnetic interference from radars, the full range of illumination conditions—from sun glare to pitch darkness—ship motion, and multiple taxiing aircraft with engines running. Automating tasks, like moving and loading weapons and refueling and maintaining aircraft, could save considerable work, as well as improve safety. Dr. Hing crafted a cohesive set of technologies that can deliver an autonomous, safe, and reliable capability to the carrier. They include:
Dr. Hing earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Drexel University in 2010 and began his career at NAWCAD the same year. In 2014, he founded the Robotics and Intelligent Systems Engineering (RISE) Laboratory at NAWCAD Lakehurst, which he also manages. An adjunct professor for Drexel University, he mentors the Storm Robotics Team from Lenape and Cherokee High Schools in New Jersey.
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