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 Corporation
  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 Corporation
  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 provide 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

ABOUT TARDEC
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://tardec.army.mil.
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Contact: John Wray
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