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NEWS | March 31, 2022

NRL highlights state-of-the-art research at Sea Air Space

By Michelle Patten, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Corporate Communications

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) will showcase cutting-edge research and technologies during the Navy League's Global Maritime Exposition Sea-Air-Space in exhibit booth #1847 at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, April 4-6, 2022.

The annual event is the largest maritime exposition in the U.S. and brings together the defense industrial base, private-sector companies and key military decision-makers from the sea services for an opportunity to innovate, educate, and connect.

Sea Air Space opens with a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Expo on April 3 to educate youth about STEM careers and opportunities in a hands-on environment. NRL researchers will provide a STEM demo using LEctenna, short for Light Emitting Diode (LED) Rectifying Antenna, to beam power through space. Students will also have the opportunity to build their own LEctenna.

More information on panels with NRL speakers:
What: Panel discussion – Artificial Intelligence: The Next Level of Defense
The discussion will be moderated by Bryan Clark, senior fellow and director of the Center for Defense Concepts and Technology at Hudson Institute, and focuses on civil-military partnerships to advance artificial intelligence development.
Time: 10:30 a.m. EST, April 5
Location: Potomac CD
- David Aha, Ph.D., Director of the Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
- Christopher Lynch, CEO, Rebellion Defense
- Alexander Wang, Founder and CEO, Scale AI
What: Panel discussion – International Trade and Port Security
The discussion will be moderated by Sara Fuentes, vice president for government affairs at the Transportation Institute, and examines how we can leverage technology to create smarter ports to support supply chain management and as well to improve port security at the more than 300 U.S. ports.
Time: 10:30 a.m. EST, April 6
Location: Potomac CD
- Christopher Hickey, Senior Systems Engineer, Naval Research Laboratory
- Rear Adm. John Mauger, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, U.S. Coast Guard
- Tony Padilla, Senior Advisor, Maritime Trade and Development, U.S. Department of State
- William Doyle, Executive Director, Maryland Port Administration

NRL Programs

Other NRL programs and technologies scheduled to be highlighted in the exhibit booth include hexapod robot, PROTEUS, Flexible Distributed Array Radar (FlexDAR), and NRL’s Technology Transfer Office.

More information on NRL programs and research represented:

NRL Technology Transfer Office (TTO) - Facilitates and promotes the implementation of the NRL's innovative technologies in products and services to benefit the public and the warfighter. To carry out this mission, TTO engages with industry and academia to develop strategic partnerships building a collaborative bridge between NRL’s state-of-the-art research capabilities and technologies and industry needs.

The Distributed Autonomous Systems Group (DASG) The DASG performs state-of-the-art research in multi-agent and multi-robot autonomous systems. This includes the Hexapod Robot. The robot is a multi-legged robotic platform with autonomous on-board tracking capabilities and is used for investigating collaboration in autonomous multi-robot teams operating in challenging terrains such as sandy, wooded, or wet environments where wheeled or tracked platforms may not operate effectively.

PROTEUS - A system used to identify, query, and filter vessels based on user-defined criteria. This system can execute advanced queries resulting in robust, timely, and informative track updates.

Sharkskin Denticles - Shark skin possesses microstructure scales called denticles, which interact with the surrounding flow to increase speed, decrease drag, and provide antifouling properties for sharks. The aim of this project is to create bioinspired surfaces to improve the hydrodynamic performance of unpiloted underwater vehicles (UUVs) and other robots.

Flying Sea Glider - A flying emplacement Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) that rapidly traverses large distances by air then transitions to an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV).

LASR (Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research) -  The Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research, or LASR, opened March 2012 and is a 50,000 square foot facility that supports basic and applied research in autonomous systems. The facility is host to a wide range of interdisciplinary basic and applied research in autonomous systems to include research in autonomous systems, intelligent autonomy, human-autonomous system interaction and collaboration, sensor systems, power and energy systems, networking and communications, and platforms.

Microwave Power beaming - Safe and COntinuous Power bEaming – Microwave (SCOPE-M) has successfully executed rapid demonstration of X band microwave power beaming across irregular, inhomogeneous terrain. Microwave power beaming is the efficient, point-to-point transfer of electrical energy across free space by a directive microwave beam.

Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence (NCARAI)NCARAI conducts basic and applied research on Artificial Intelligence (AI) to address problems that are critical to the Navy, Marine Corps, and the broader DOD. Our primary efforts focus on intelligent agents (e.g., integrated cognitive architectures, decision making, natural language understanding), human-machine teaming (e.g., computational cognitive modeling, human-centered computing, human-machine teaming), machine learning (e.g., deep learning), and autonomous systems (e.g., control of distributed unmanned vehicles, sensor-based systems). NCARAI researchers emphasize the linkage of theory and application in demonstration projects and deployable prototypes that employ techniques from AI and related disciplines.

About the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

NRL is a scientific and engineering command dedicated to research that drives innovative advances for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps from the seafloor to space and in the information domain. NRL is located in Washington, D.C. with major field sites in Stennis Space Center, Mississippi; Key West, Florida; Monterey, California, and employs approximately 3,000 civilian scientists, engineers and support personnel.
For more information, contact NRL Corporate Communications at (202) 480-3746 or

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