RCTA

Robotic Collaborative Technology Alliance

Robotic Research, LLC is a key industry partner in the Robotic Collaborative Technology Alliance (RCTA) program sponsored by ARL. The main RCTA program objective is to develop robotic technologies for effective man-machine collaboration on the battlefield.

Robotic Research's autonomous navigation system, mounted on a Talon platform

Robotic Research’s autonomous navigation system, mounted on a Talon platform (similar to the MAGIC 2010 configuration) is being tested through the CTA-Robotics program as a benchmark system for unmanned system autonomy.

The Robotics Alliance, comprised of industrial, academic, and government laboratory partners, identifies and investigates critical gaps in unmanned systems technology and develops and tests solutions that will enable an unmanned vehicle to observe its environment, orient itself, make decisions, and act in a way that effectively carries out its assigned mission.

The RCTA has advanced from initial development and assessment of autonomous mobility capability for military operations to transitioning foundational robotic technology to Army programs, such as VTI and ANS. The goal is to enable unmanned vehicles to be co-combatants with teams of Soldiers in complex tactical environments. Key technologies emerging from RCTA research include advanced perception solutions; intelligent control and tactical behaviors algorithms; command, control, and communicate technologies, Soldier-Machine Interfaces, and a better understanding of workload and trust-in-automation issues.

A major dimension of RCTA research is integrating and testing developing technology on experimental platforms so that solutions can be proved before they are transitioned to other military partners. The team’s experimentation allows the members to provide the military with the information necessary to design and develop future unmanned systems.

SPONSOR: U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL)