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833 Dyer Road
Monterey, CA 93943-5216
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Richard M. Harkins
Associate Chair of Academics and Administration
M.S. Physics, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, 1988

Senior Lecturer Harkins joined the faculty of NPS in 2000 after a career as a Surface Warfare officer in the US Navy. He is an expert in integrated Combat Systems. His current research interests include autonomous robots and computer network security.

Phone: 831-656-2828, Email:


Richard M Harkins
Senior Lecturer
Department of Physics
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-2828
Email: rharkins (at)
MA - Naval War College, Newport, RI, 1993
MS - Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, 1988
BS - United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 1981


  • Senior Lecturer, June 2006-present
  • Lecturer, March 2000- June 2006
  • Member of the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Information Systems Security Studies and Research (NPS CISR) September 2000
  • Associate Chairman for Administration, Physics Department, June 2001
  • Faculty Representative, Cyber Risk Management Office (CRMO), September 2001
  • Member NPS IT Task Force, March 2003
  • Member NPS NMCI Committee, June 2003


  • Applied Solid State Physics
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Computer and Network Security


  • Multispectral Imaging
  • Autonomous Robotics
  • Computer and Network Security

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (View an extended list)

  • Boxerbaum A., Bachmann R.J., Harkins R. Quinn R.D., Burgess S.C., Vaidyanathan R., �Design, Testing, and Control of a Highly Mobile Insect-Inspired Autonomous Robot in a Beach Environment�, International Journal of Design and Nature, 4, 4, pp 1-18, 2009
  • Harkins R., Dunbar T., Boxerbaum A.S., Bachmann R. J., Quinn R.D., Burgess S.C., Vaidyanathan R., �Confluence of Active and Passive Control Mechanisms Enabling Autonomy and Terrain Adaptability for Robots in Variable Environments�, IAENG Transactions on Electrical and Electronics Engineering Volume I, eds. C. Douglas, W. Grundfest., L. Schruben, pp 138-149, IEEE Press, ISBN 978-1-4244-3545-6, 2009
  • Boxerbaum A., Klien M., Quinn R.D., Harkins R., Vaidyanathan R., �Design Of A Semi-Autonomous Amphibious Surf-Zone Robot�, IEEE/ASME Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM), pp 974-979, Singapore, July 2009
  • Harkins R., Dunbar T., Boxerbaum A.S., Bachmann R.J., Vaidyanathan R., Quinn R.D., "Design and Testing of an Autonomous Highly Mobile Robot in a Beach Environment", International Conference on Intelligent Automation and Robotics (ICIAR), pp 613-618, San Francisco, CA, Oct 2008 (Award: �Finalist: Best Paper in Conference�)
  • Nguyen, T. D., Irvine, C. E., and Harkins, R. M., "An Experiment with CC Version 3.0 Migration," 7th International Common Criteria Conference (ICCC 06), September 19-21, 2006.



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