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Weapons, Robotics, and Control Engineering

List of Research Areas

Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is the construction of three-dimensional objects from digital 3D models. USNA Research in AM includes the study of telemetry feedback in conjunction with visual and infrared imagery collected during the printing process to create tomographic reconstructions of printed parts.

Aerial Robotics

Faculty conducting research in aerial robotics are particularly interested in the design and control of aerial vehicles including fixed wing aircraft and rotorcraft. USNA counts with a state-of-the-art research and teaching center, the Aerial Robotics Testing and Mission Lab (ARTeMis). ARTeMis is a development and training center comprising a command and control room with integrated workspace and an aerodrome with reconfigurable netting, a full motion capture system, and adjustable spectrum lighting suitable for experimentation and testing of different technologies.

Biomechanics and Bioinspired Robotics

Biomechanics is the science of movement of a living body, including the interaction of muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments to produce movement. Bioinspired robotics is the development of intelligent artificial systems taking inspiration from nature, particularly biological systems. Research at USNA include the study of human biomechanics and the development of soft robotics systems imitating systems in nature.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering refers to development of engineering systems and principles for healthcare purposes. Faculty and midshipmen research include the development of assistive robotics for rehabilitation purposes and the modeling of diseases and biological processes.

Computer Vision

Computer vision deals with how computers sense and interpret digital videos and images. It is of particular importance within robotics and automation systems. Research at USNA includes the use of computer vision for navigation, robotic manipulation, additive manufacturing, and biometrics.

Cyber-Physical Systems

The term Cyber-Physical Systems (CPSs) refers to systems that tightly integrate computing, communication, and control technologies to regulate the performance of a physical entity. These systems are becoming increasing popular as new technologies continue to evolve. Examples of CPSs include marine vessels, submarines, unmanned vehicles, water plants, power grids, and smart buildings. CPS research at USNA focuses on the design of smart systems, non-intrusive sensors, and data management and coordination architectures. In addition, faculty with the department are conducting research on cyber security of control systems, including the detection and mitigation of cyber-attacks and the design of resilient systems.

Dynamics and Control Theory

The focus of USNA dynamics and control research is to study the modeling and control of a variety of electromechanical, aerospace, hydraulic, pneumatic, and thermal systems, as well as other robotic applications. Main topics of research include estimation, optimal control, event-based control, and nonlinear control.

Laser Communications
Machine Learning
  • Dr. Jenelle Piepmeier
Mobile Robotics

USNA research in mobile robotics centers on the design and control of unmanned vehicles including underwater, surface, ground, and aerial vehicles. Topics of current research include navigation, path planning, obstacle avoidance, instrumentation, coordination, and communications.

Multi-agent Systems
Robotic Manipulation
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