Company Profile

The founders and owners Alberto Lacaze, President, and Karl Murphy, Vice President, started Robotic Research, LLC in 2002 during a resurgence of military interest in unmanned vehicles. The late 1990s to early 2000s was when unmanned vehicles were first proven to be capable of autonomous mobility through the DEMO I, II, and III testing programs where TRL6 (Technical Readiness Level) was achieved. The founders were an integral part of this testing while at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Shortly after forming Robotic Research, they were joined by Steve Legowik, a former NIST co-worker. In 2009, Dr. James Albus, internationally recognized expert in artificial intelligence, joined the team, after his retirement from NIST, as consulting Chief Scientist (Executive Bios).

The Robotic Research, LLC technical staff plays key roles in major Department of Defense unmanned ground system programs (DoD Programs). Robotic Research team members designed and developed the autonomous mobility software for most autonomous ground robotic systems currently in use by the U. S. Army.

Major Contributions

  • Created a new approach to automating high speed convoys that has been called a breakthrough by Major General Charles A. Cartwright (Program Manager for Future Combat Systems).
  • Refined a real-time intelligent navigation system for off-road path planning that has become the de-facto methodology for ground vehicle control, as well as probabilistic density functions for predicting tactical behavior.
  • Developed the real-time path planning and sensor processing software that forms the core of the Army Research Lab’s DEMO III program with the Experimental Unmanned Vehicle (XUV). The XUV epitomizes the state-of-the-art in Army ground robotic vehicles.
  • First place winners of TARDEC’s CANINE competition (Collaborative Autonomous Navigation with Interactive Networked Engagement)
  • Developed teleoperation driving aids for high speed operations.
  • Researched collaborative and cooperative behavioral control amongst robotic assets by using map registration techniques for improving perception and navigation. Recognized and tested through the MAGIC-210 competition sponsored by TARDEC.
  • Developed a variety of interactive 3D data visualization tools.
  • Winners of the 2014 Tibbetts Award, presented by the SBA to high-tech small businesses for the critical role we played in the research & development for government and our success in driving innovation and creating new jobs.

Knowledge & Experience

Key Technology areas include:


Robotic Research is known for providing robust autonomous mobility for a variety of platforms. We are the first group to fully tackle the problem of autonomy in unstructured environments including off road terrain, dealing with pedestrians, in areas without GPS.  Read More


In addition to integration our hardware and software solution onto existing platforms, Robotic Research has extensive experience designing custom air and ground platforms to meet the needs of a specific customer and/or mission. Read More

GPS Denied Localization

GPS has well-known limitations, including the inability to function in urban canyons, inside most buildings, or underground.  Robotic Research specializes in localization solutions that can function with or without the presence of GPS.  Read More

  • Sensor Processing
  • Route Planning/Modeling
  • Navigation/Positioning
  • Mapping/Localization
  • Computer Programming
  • Customized Applications
  • Autonomous Ground Vehicles
  • Obstacle Avoidance
  • Moving Obstacle Detection
  • Cooperative Control (Unmanned & Manned)
  • Mapping, Registration and Localization In Indoor And Outdoor Environments — With And Without GPS Intelligent Architecture
  • Watercraft Control
  • Dynamic Route Modeling
  • Ladar (Lidar)

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Latest News

CLARKSBURG, Md., Nov. 21, 2019 — Robotic Research LLC, a leading provider of autonomy and robotic technologies to government and commercial customers, has been selected as a 50 on Fire winner as part of the DC Inno 50 on Fire Awards Program presented by DC Inno. The award is in recognition of the company’s development Read more

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