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.
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