Army Completes Autonomous Micro-Robotics Research Program

Published by , August 28, 2017 1:43 pm

(ARL.ARMY.MIL)  Researchers from industry and universities have collaborated with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory since 2008 on a program called Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology, or MAST. The program came to its conclusion during a capstone event of presentations and demonstrations of both ground and air micro-robots Aug. 22-24.
Officials said technology has advanced dramatically during the life of the program, “I think there’s still a long way to go to get them to do all of the behaviors we want in any type of environment,” said Dr. Brett Piekarski, the Army’s Collaborative Alliance Manager. “There are certain areas where I think we’ve really pushed the bar and moved the state-of-the-art. One example is in scaling things down to be able to do autonomous behavior in something that fits in the size of your hand.

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