About Us

08-20-2013-magic-79Robotic Research, LLC, is a small engineering firm founded by Alberto Lacaze and Karl Murphy in 2002. Both worked together in the Intelligent Systems Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (Gaithersburg, MD) when they decided to make the move (across the street as it turned out) to pursue focused interest in unmanned vehicles.

Alberto and Karl are recognized experts in the field of autonomous mobility. Since 2002, they have been involved in over 20 different major unmanned systems programs. Robotic Research software can now be found in almost all Army autonomous unmanned systems.

The company philosophy has been to bring together those who can, first and foremost, be part of a team effort, followed by a compelling interest in unmanned systems, possess a flexible imagination, and have gained the technical excellence to significantly contribute to many diverse and challenging projects.

Robotic Research, LLC, is committed to delivering timely, high-quality, innovative engineering solutions and services that meet or exceed our customers’ and all other applicable requirements. We achieve this by continually working to improve our services and internal processes through our certified, ISO 9001 quality management system.

Our Executives


Alberto Lacaze

Alberto Lacaze

President/Senior Engineer


Karl Murphy

Vice President/Senior Engineer

Eddie Mottern

Vice President

James Frelk

Senior Vice President Strategic Development

Join Our Team

Are you interested in joining the Robotic Research team?  Check below for our latest openings!

Jacob Rabinow Applied Research Award

Many of our Senior Staff are recipients of the Jacob Rabinow Applied Research Award for “World leading research and development in robotic perception, planning and control and its application to unmanned ground vehicles.”