50 Leading Robotics Companies to Display, Demo at U.S. Army “Robotics Rodeo” at Fort Benning

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Oct. 12-15 event showcasing newest technologies; open to media

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This will be a valuable, attention-grabbing, motivating event that will benefit our forces.

For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Army has invited prominent robotics technologists from across the country to display their most forward-looking technologies and demonstrate how those unmanned systems can support current and future military, disaster relief and humanitarian support efforts.

Now – just days away from the 2010 Robotics Rodeo kickoff – the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) has announced that 50 organizations will attend the event Oct. 12-15, 2010, at Fort Benning, GA. Technology innovators will participate in both task-based events and open robotics demonstrations with stated goals of motivating the industry, educating developers and observing the current state of ground robotics technology and artificial intelligence.

Companies scheduled to attend include:

1.    Adaptive Materials Inc.
2.    American Android
3.    American Reliance
4.    Antenna Products Corp
5.    Anthrotronix
6.    API Technologies
7.    Applied Geo Technologies
8.    Applied Systems Intelligence, Inc.
9.    Autonomous Solutions, Inc.
10.    AutonomouStuff
11.    Black I & Raytheon
12.    Caterpillar Inc., iRobot Corporation
13.    Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (RIM)
14.    Elibit Systems of America
15.    Energid
16.    Esterline
17.    Georgia Tech Robotics Institute
18.    Harris Corp.
19.    HDT Engineered Technologies
20.    iRobot
21.    John Deere
22.    Kairos Autonomi
23.    L-3 Communication Systems West
24.    Macro USA
25.    NIITEK, Inc
26.    Northrop Grumman/Remotec
27.    Oceaneering
28.    Palfinger North America
29.    Polaris Sensor Technologies
30.    Primordial, Inc.
31.    QinetiQ
32.    Quantum Signal
33.    RE2, Inc.
34.    Recon Robotics
35.    Robotic Research, LLC
36.    Robotic Systems JPO
37.    Sarnoff
38.    Schafer
39.    Segway Inc.
40.    Silvus Technologies
41.    Southwest Research Institute
42.    SPAWAR
43.    Stratom, Inc.
44.    TARDEC
45.    The Boeing Company
46.    Think-A-Move, Ltd.
47.    TORC
48.    Torrey Pines Logic, Inc.
49.    University of Michigan
50.    Velodyne

Media are invited to attend Oct. 14-15. In addition to the robotic demonstrations, representatives from the military and commercial industries will be available for comment.

“For 2010, our focus is tightened to looking at improvements in small robotic platforms and the ‘teaming’ of manned and unmanned systems,” explained U.S. Army TARDEC Senior Research Scientist in Robotics Dr. Jim Overholt. “This will be a valuable, attention-grabbing, motivating event that will benefit our forces.”

This event follows the success of the Army’s inaugural Robotics Rodeo in Aug. 2009 at Fort Hood, TX, co-hosted by III Corps and TARDEC.TARDEC is the focal point for all Department of Defense ground robotics systems.

TARDEC is co-hosting the 2010 Robotics Rodeo at Fort Benning with the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence. Fort Benning and The Maneuver Center provides trained, adaptive and ready Soldiers and leaders for an Army at War. Further, they develop future requirements for the individual Soldier and maneuver force. More information is available at: https://www.benning.army.mil.

For more information or to register for this free event, visit: http://www.tardec.info/roboticsrodeo/

Headquartered at the Detroit Arsenal in Warren, MI, TARDEC is the Nation’s laboratory for advanced military automotive technology and serves as the Ground Systems Integrator for all Department of Defense (DOD) manned and unmanned ground vehicle systems. With roots dating back to the World War II era, TARDEC is a full life-cycle, systems engineering support provider-of-first-choice for all DOD ground combat and combat support weapons, equipment and vehicle systems. TARDEC develops and integrates the right technology solutions to improve Current Force effectiveness and provides superior capabilities for Future Force integration. TARDEC’s technical, scientific and engineering staff lead cutting-edge research and development in Ground Systems Survivability; Power and Mobility; Intelligent Ground Systems; Force Projection; and Vehicle Electronics and Architecture. TARDEC is a major research, development and engineering center for Research, Development and Engineering Command and an enterprise partner in the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.

For more information about TARDEC, visit us at http://www.tardec.army.mil.
You can also follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TARDEC_PAO.

Contact: John Wray
E-mail: jwray(at)brtrc(dot)com


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