The Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research provides specialized facilities to support highly innovative, multidisciplinary research in autonomous systems, including intelligent autonomy, human-autonomous system interaction and collaboration, sensor systems, power and energy systems, networking and communications, and platforms. The Laboratory capitalizes on the broad multidisciplinary character of NRL, bringing together scientists and engineers with disparate training and backgrounds to attack common goals in autonomous systems at the intersection of their respective fields.

The Laboratory provides unique facilities and simulated environmental high bays (littoral, desert, tropical, and forest) and instrumented reconfigurable high bay spaces to support integration of science and technology components into research prototype systems.

Artist's drawing of the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research

In addition, a dedicated sensor lab and power and energy lab provide unique resources for developing, testing and integrating advanced sensors and power and energy solutions for autonomous systems. Machine, electronics and prototyping shows support rapid development of hardware.

The objective of the Laboratory is to enable Navy and DoD scientific leadership in this complex, emerging area and to identify opportunities for advances in future defense technology.

The Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research can host scientists from other institutions for both short- and long-term visits, who are collaborating with NRL scientists. The Director for the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research, Alan C. Schultz, reports to NRL's Director of Research.

Read A Timeline of NRL's Autonomous Systems Research which appeared in NRL's 2011 Review.

Read NRL's Spectra Magazine's special issue on the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research.

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