12 June 2015 Front Matter: Volume 9468
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Karlsen, Gage, Shoemaker, and Gerhart: Front Matter: Volume 9468

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Authors

Numbers in the index correspond to the last two digits of the six-digit citation identifier (CID) article numbering system used in Proceedings of SPIE. The first four digits reflect the volume number. Base 36 numbering is employed for the last two digits and indicates the order of articles within the volume. Numbers start with 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 0A, 0B…0Z, followed by 10-1Z, 20-2Z, etc.

Alderson, Susan L., 0H

August, Michael, 0H

Bajwa, Waheed U., 09

Bilinski, Mark, 0F

Biswas, Debjani, 08

Bodt, Barry, 0A

Brown, Robert, 0S

Burmeister, Aaron B., 0N

Byl, Katie, 0C

Candela, Paul, 0K

Castelli, Jonathan C., 0D

Chan, “Patrick” Hon Man, 0S

Chaudhry, Haseeb, 0G

Childers, Marshal, 0A

Christie, Gordon, 0G

Chu, Deryn, 0E

Close, Ryan, 06

Collins, Jason, 0J

Crabtree, Kathleen, 02

Dean, Robert, 0A

Dhadwal, Harbans S., 03

DiBerardino, Chip, 0A

Dunbar, Z., 0E

Edge, Harris, 0J

Ely, Jay, 0S

Everett, H. R., 0K

Feng, Dake, 03

Gadsden, S. Andrew, 0R

Garcia-Sampedro, Guillermo, 02, 05

Goodman, Jacob M., 0R

Grew, Kyle, 0E

Harguess, Josh, 0F

Hart, Abraham B., 0N

Hollinger, Jim, 06

Hubal, Robert, 02

Jiang, R., 0E

Johnson, Aaron M., 0B

Karlsen, Robert E., 0L

Kawatsu, Chris, 05

Keegan, Terence, 0A

Kelley, Leah, 0N

Kim, Jinho, 0R

Kochersberger, Kevin, 0G

Koditschek, Daniel E., 0B

Kutscher, Brett, 06

Kwok, Philip, 03

Lanting, Matt, 05

Laughter, Sean, 0S

Lennon, Craig, 0A

Martin, Sean R., 0D

McClure, J., 0E

Mertz, Christoph, 08

Mikulski, Dariusz G., 0L

Mohammad, Atif Farid, 0P

Nans, Adam, 0K

Newman, Andrew J., 0D

Nguyen, Hoa G., 0K, 0N

Nguyen, Kim B., 0F, 0H

Nguyen, Truong, 0S

Oh, Jean, 0A

Olson, Christopher C., 0D

Ostovari, Saam, 0N

Parker, Allen, 0S

Pereira, Carlos M., 03

Pezeshkian, Narek, 0N

Powell, Darren N., 0F, 0H

Purman, Ben, 02, 05

Pusey, Jason, 0C

Quist, Michael, 05

Rahimi, Amin, 0N

Raney, Christopher J., 0H

Rastegar, Jahangir, 03

Richards, Lance, 0S

Rowe, Allen, 02

Sarwate, Anand D., 09

Satzinger, Brian, 0C

Schermerhorn, Paul, 02, 05

Spriggs, Sarah, 02

Straub, Jeremy, 0M, 0P

Strizic, Tom, 0C

Talke, Kurt A., 0K, 0N

Taylor, Camillo J., 0B

Taylor, Glenn, 02, 05

Teets, Ed, 0S

Terry, Pat, 0C

Wenger, Garrett J., 0B

Wilkerson, Stephen A., 0R

Wilson, Jennifer, 0S

Wu, Tong, 09

Xu, Da, 0D

Yetman, Charles, 0H

Conference Committee

Symposium Chair

  • Nils R. Sandell Jr., Strategic Technology Office, DARPA (United States)

Symposium Co-chair

  • David A. Logan, BAE Systems (United States)

Conference Chairs

  • Robert E. Karlsen, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (United States)

  • Douglas W. Gage, XPM Technologies (United States)

  • Charles M. Shoemaker, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Command (United States)

  • Grant R. Gerhart, U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center-Retired (United States)

Conference Program Committee

  • Jonathan A. Bornstein, U.S. Army Research Laboratory (United States)

  • Jared Giesbrecht, Defence Research and Development Canada, Suffield (Canada)

  • Frank L. Lewis, The University of Texas at Arlington (United States)

  • Larry H. Matthies, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (United States)

  • Camille S. Monnier, Charles River Analytics, Inc. (United States)

  • Paul L. Muench, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (United States)

  • Hoa G. Nguyen, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (United States)

  • James L. Overholt, Air Force Research Laboratory (United States)

  • Mike Perschbacher, RovnoTech (United States)

  • Anthony Stentz, Carnegie Mellon University (United States)

  • Gary Witus, Turing Associates, Inc. (United States)

  • Brian M. Yamauchi, iRobot Corporation (United States)

Session Chairs

  • 1 Perception and Human Robot Interaction

    Camille S. Monnier, Charles River Analytics, Inc. (United States)

    Hoa G. Nguyen, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (United States)

  • 2 Robotics CTA

    Jonathan A. Bornstein, U.S. Army Research Laboratory (United States)

    Dilip G. Patel, General Dynamics Robotic Systems (United States)

  • 3 Self-organizing Collaborative Unmanned ISR Teams I: Joint session with Conferences 9479 and 9468

    Raja Suresh, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (United States)

    Robert E. Karlsen, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (United States)

  • 4 Self-organizing, Collaborative Unmanned ISR Teams II: Joint session with conferences 9479 and 9468

    Raja Suresh, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (United States)

    Robert E. Karlsen, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (United States)

  • 5 Special Topics

    Douglas W. Gage, XPM Technologies (United States)

    Charles M. Shoemaker, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Command (United States)

  • 6 MAST: Bio-inspired Control: Joint Session with Conferences 9467, 9468, 9479

    Christopher M. Kroninger, U.S. Army Research Laboratory (United States)

    William D. Nothwang, U.S. Army Research Laboratory (United States)

  • 7 MAST: Scale Legged Locomotion: Joint Session with Conferences 9467, 9468, 9479

    Christopher M. Kroninger, U.S. Army Research Laboratory (United States)

    William D. Nothwang, U.S. Army Research Laboratory (United States)

Introduction

The Unmanned Systems Technology XVII conference consisted of seven sessions that spanned two days and covered a variety of areas within robotics. The conference table of contents shows the various applications of unmanned systems, and the trend is predicted to increase. This year's conference also shows that, while there is still interest in the standard unmanned technologies, there is also great interest in other forms of robotics, such as micro air vehicles, which are becoming very ubiquitous in terms of commercial availability and capability.

The conference began Tuesday afternoon with a session on Perception and Human Robot Interaction, from which we have two papers that detailed research efforts into multimodal input to robotic systems, which in these cases were speech and drawing. On the Perception side, we received a paper on a method for measuring the angular orientation of a projectile using a polarized RF source, as well as a paper researching the fusion of two common robot sensing modalities (lidar and radar) to detect partially obscured objects.

The late afternoon session on Tuesday was devoted to the Army Research Laboratory's (ARL) Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (CTA), where papers were presented on a variety of subjects, including a novel method for performing background subtraction from moving structured light sensors, a batch streaming method for K-SVD dictionary learning, a discussion of the RCTA capstone experiment that involved semantic perception and navigation, the exploration of a multi-floor building using the legged robot RHex, and planar modeling of the bounding gait of a quadruped robot with a flexible spine.

Wednesday afternoon began with a session on Self-organizing Collaborative Unmanned ISR Teams that was joint with conference 9479, Open Architecture/Open Business Model Net-Centric Systems and Defense Transformation 2015. The first paper of the session discussed a method to control an unmanned aerial vehicle via commands sent through social media sites and the cellular phone network. Other papers discuss the generation of 3D models using structure-from-motion (SfM) software for object detection and for path planning for radiation survey aircraft, as well as the development of a cloud-based architecture for the command and control of unmanned systems.

Wednesday concluded with the Special Topics session that resulted in a potpourri of papers, including the development of an eight-rotor air vehicle with manipulation capability, a data capture system integrated into the collar of a bomb-sniffing dog, the use of a nearest neighbor trust algorithm to control the vehicles in a convoy, and the development of a crawling robot that uses magnetic wheels to maneuver around metallic surfaces.

The main conference concluded Thursday morning with a pair of joint sessions with Conference 9467, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications VII, consisting of work performed under ARL's Micro-Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST) CTA. The first session focused on control algorithms, and the papers described experimental analysis of optical flow techniques and their use for air-vehicle gust rejection, as well as a method to allow faster driving in unknown environments. The second session involved legged robot research, with papers exploring bio-inspired energy storage and redirection, experimental analysis of methods for steering legged robots, quantifying performance of a biped in terms of robustness versus agility, experiments in terrain locomotion and obstacle negotiation, and modeling efforts for legged locomotion.

The conference's poster session took place on Thursday night with papers on a communication architecture for small satellites, modeling of a quadrotor, and a discussion on building an unmanned air vehicle for gathering information from within storms and other hazardous conditions. The session was well attended and the posters sparked a considerable amount of discussion.

This year's conference once again covered a variety of unmanned systems technologies and demonstrated why robotics is such an interesting and exciting area to work in. We want to thank all those that helped make the conference a success this year, and we hope that you enjoy these proceedings and are able to attend and participate in next year's conference.

Robert E. Karlsen

Douglas W. Gage

Charles M. Shoemaker

Grant R. Gerhart

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