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Saturday, June 29, 2013

New Canadian Field Robotics Network

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The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada has established a new Canadian Field Robotics Network (NCFRN), led by McGill University Computer Science professor Gregory Dudek. The NCFRN brings together academic, government, and industrial researchers in the area of field robotics, to develop the science and technologies to eventually allow teams of heterogeneous robots (on land, in the air, on the surface of or under water) to work collaboratively in outdoor environments, and to communicate critical information to humans who operate them or use them.
The NCFRN provides the national framework for 11 researchers from 8 renowned Canadian universities as well as 11 industrial partners and 3 government agencies to combine their skills and expertise. This network of people and organizations will allow them to make better progress and compete more effectively internationally. The network addresses basic questions in robotics science and the technologies developed by the NCFRN will help address Canadian problems such as our monitoring and maintaining the state of our environmental heritage, patrolling borders (e.g. in the Arctic), dealing with environmental disasters (e.g. oil spills and nuclear accidents), or improving the quality of life of senior citizens.

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