WHERE ROBOTICS MAY BE A SOLUTION
The Challenge: "Next year, the US Air Force will procure more unmanned aircraft than manned aircraft," Air Force Lt. Gen. Norman Seip, commander of Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern), has predicted. Will advances keep up with the needs of our military, first responders and the hazmat industry? Have developers bumped up against technological obstacles, or are new breakthroughs the inevitable outcome of ongoing research?
About Robotics: The extraordinary capability of hazardous duty robotics to save lives on the battlefield is an extension of similar work ranging from local law enforcement to hazmat and first responders. In the field of science they have made possible the exploration of hostile environments from space to the crushing depths of our oceans. The ability to control these remarkable machines remotely, from great distances has implications for safety, costs and control of missions that would otherwise be impractical. Often great advances in technology come as distinctions between the scientific disciplines blur. The new science produces startling new capabilities that open advanced applications from those willing to peer into the future. Few have more practical uses than robotics.
Focus: New and Enhanced Applications for Robotics.
Papers Due: July 15, 2009. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org with full contact information.
Publication: Winners will be announced and will publish the work, in the September, 2009 issue of Proceedings.
Cash Awards: Will be presented at USNI Honors Night, in October 2009.
1ST PRIZE - $10,000 & LIFE MEMBERSHIP
2ND PRIZE - $5000 & LIFE MEMBERSHIP
TWO 3RD PRIZES - $2500 & ONE-YEAR MEMBERSHIP