Past Events


Past TechCons

Materials from past TechCons (2017 forward) are archived in Calhoun through the NPS Dudley Knox Library.

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TechCon 2019
NPS CRUSER held its eighth annual Technical Continuum (TechCon) on 17 April 2019 in the NPS Mechanical Engineering Auditorium.  CRUSER's annual NPS TechCon provides the greater CRUSER Community of Interest an opportunity to gather and explore research topics of mutual interest. Responding to SECNAV direction, TechCon 2019 focused specifically on how NPS researchers might work more successfully with industry.


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NPS CRUSER held its seventh annual Technical Continuum (TechCon) on 17 and 18 April 2018 in the NPS Mechanical Engineering Auditorium.  CRUSER's annual NPS TechCon provides NPS Faculty and technical members of the greater CRUSER Community of Interest an opportunity to explore selected concepts in support of our Innovation Thread - "Developing Autonomy to Strengthen Naval Power." TechCon 2018 included results from recent field experimentation, and proposals for new work related to concepts of interest generated during the 18-21 September 2017 Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC) workshop in three primary topics areas: 1) autonomy in support of operations and logistics, 2) human-machine teaming, and 3) organizational change and adoption.


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TechCon 2017
NPS CRUSER held its sixth annual Technical Continuum (TechCon) on 11 and 12 April 2017.  CRUSER's annual NPS TechCon provides NPS Faculty and technical members of the greater CRUSER Community of Interest an opportunity to explore selected concepts in support of our Innovation Thread - "Developing Autonomy to Strengthen Naval Power." All technical members of the CRUSER community of interest were invited to submit an abstract in any of the following topic areas: 1) littoral mesh networking and remote sensing, 2) innovative undersea warfare, and 3) autonomous USV missions.


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CRUSER's annual NPS TechCon provides NPS Faculty an opportunity to explore selected concepts in support of our Innovation Thread - "Creating Asymmetric Warfighting Advantages." The selected concepts were. Although the concepts generated during the September 2015 Warfare Innovation Workshop were highlighted, presentations spanned topics related to any active Innovation Thread. These 15 minute TechCon presentations were designed to allow faculty to showcase how they might take one of these selected concepts to experimentation, or to share findings for other CRUSER seeded work.


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TechCon 2015
CRUSER's annual technical gathering explored work related to concepts generated during the September 2014 Warfare Innovation Workshop "Warfighting in the Contested Littorals." These topics fell into six general areas of interest: 1) unconventional unmanned systems applications, 2) marsupial robotics, 3) deployable sensor networks in A2AD environments, 4) leveraging natural systems, 5) unmitigated risks of dependence on unmanned systems in contested environments, and 6) tactical and operational employment of additive manufacturing. There were also a handful of eclectic concepts that were also of interest such as seafloor charging mats, EMP force fields, and a station-keeping tether.


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TechCon 2014
CRUSER's third annual technical gathering was held out in a tent on Spruance Plaza on 8 and 9 April 2014, and provided NPS students and faculty an opportunity to explore selected concepts in support of the topics of interest in the "Distributing Future Naval Air and Surface Forces" Innovation Thread, and was held as part of National Robotics Week. TechCon 2014 concluded with the CRUSER Research Fair "Robots in the Roses" on 10 April 2014 in the NPS Rose Garden.


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TechCon 2013
NPS CRUSER held its second annual Technical Continuum (TechCon) from 9 – 11 April 2013.  This event was for NPS students and faculty interested in education, experimentation and research related to employing unmanned systems in operational environments. TechCon 2013 was intended to further concepts developed during the September 2012 Warfare Innovation Workshop and showcase NPS student and faculty work in advancing undersea operations capabilities.  Seven distinct concepts were selected from those presented at the September 2012 Warfare Innovation Workshop, but they are broad enough to include a host of specific research questions.  For example, non-lethal stopping concepts using a hardening gel that block ship board heat exchangers when ingested from under the hull.  Exemplar topics like this support both material science (can we create such a gel?) to legal and ethical questions.


TechCon 2012
Scheduled in conjunction with Tenth International Mine Warfare Symposium in Monterey, the CRUSER Technology Continuum (TechCon) "Unmanned Systems – The Way Ahead" was designed to be a follow-on to the CRUSER Warfare Innovation Workshop in September 2011. The combined event was sponsored by NPS, ONR, the Program Executive Office, Littoral Combat Ships, OPNAV (N85), and CRUSER. CRUSER invited industry and Navy labs to demonstrate the technical capabilities related to the selected concepts in this three day CRUSER Technology Continuum. Presenters will then be invited to participate in a field experimentation of selected UxS technologies planned for FY13. This full process fulfills the second tenet of CRUSER – from concept generation to experimentation.


Past Meetings

See the info below for meeting guest speakers, subjects, and links to materials (if available).





Dr. Raymond Gamache, Dr. Fabio Alves, Dr. Paul Leary, Professors of Physics, NPS. Physics Electronics: Pathway to the Future Autonomous Battlefield

Hans Thomas, UAV supervisor, Monterey Bay Aquarium research Institute (MBARI) UAV program.  Water Column Science and Geophysics using Dorado AUV.

Jan Dr. Mara Orescanin, Dept of Oceanography, Machine learning techniques for coastal landscape classification
COL Tim Sands, Ph.D., Assoc. Dean, Graduate School of Engineering & Applied Science. Deterministic Artificial Intelligence for Surmounting Battle Damage
Dec LT Meagan Way, USN: SMi 4th Annual UAV Technology Conference; NPS SE Student Team: sUAV-E project: UAV Swarm Potential Uses
Nov Noah Weitz, Space Systems Academic Group, NPS: Mobile CubeSat, Command, and  Control (MC3) Ground Station Automation and Situational Awareness, and Dr. Mara Orescanin, Dept of Oceanography:  Machine learning techniques for coastal landscape classification.
Oct MAJ Michael Senft, USA, LT Richard Rodriguez, USN, and LT Matthew Hendricks, USN - Hack the Machine 2019
Sep WIC Workshop: Logistics in Contested Environments
Aug Col. John Dillard (Ret.), Senior Lecturer, Systems Engineering - Emerging results on the "Expeditionary Countermine Measures Sustainment" study. 
Ms. Lyla Englehorn, CRUSER Assoc. Director - Royal Australian Navy's Warfare Innovation Workshop
Jul MAJ Zhaolin Chen, Republic of Singapore Air Force. Network Performance Evaluation of ROS 2 for Unmanned Systems using NS3 Simulations
Mr. Josh Metz, Economic Development Manager, Fort Ord Reuse Authority - Monterey Bay Drone, Automation & Robotics Technology (DART) Initiative: A regional economic development strategy.
Jun Jeremy Metcalf, PH Dept - Analysis of Spectral Imagery using Map Information
Dr. Marcello Romano, MAE Dept - Minimum-Time Control of Linear Systems between Arbitrary States 
May MAJ Joshua Gordon, USMC - Simulation analysis of tactical unmanned aerial systems' capabilities in support of the Marine Air Ground Task Force
MAJ Justin Murphy, USMC – Proof of concept into bursty/short-living communication networks interconnected by aerial biological nodes (birds) 
Apr Dr. Curt Blais, NPS MOVES Institute - Unmanned System Interoperability Standardization CRUSER Project Update: U.S. Navy and International Community Efforts
MAJ Gonzalo Santiago and LT Gary Lattimore – Scan Eagle Research Update
Mar LT Austin Fleming - Naval Applications of Machine Learning 2019 Workshop Round-up
Capt Ashley Brown - Effective Humanitarian Logistics Delivery using Space-filling Curves
Feb Ric Romero & Lt. Justin McCorkle - Active Sonar Matched Waveform for Resonant Spherical Mine Target 
Jan Captain Mike Franco, USMC and Captain Steve Spada, USMC: Fundamentals of C2 as applied to Manned-Unmanned Teaming. 
Dec Dr. Fabio Alves, NPS: Acoustic detection of Small Flying UAS using bio-inspired MEMS sensors 
Dr. Margo Edwards, Director Applied Research Laboratory Researcher at the University of Hawaii: The Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawaii
Nov Dr. Mara S. M. Orescanin, NPS: Classification of Littoral Environments using Deep Learning
LT Ross Eldred, USN: AUV Prototype Development for Wreck Interior Exploration
Oct Professor Kristi Morgansen, Empirical Methods at the Boundary of Model-Based and Learned Integrated Sensing and Actuation
Sep WIC Workshop: The Impact of Robotics and Autonomy on the Future Battlespace
Aug Dr. Brian Bingham: Welcome and CRUSER FY19 Call for Proposals Discussion
Boon Hong Aaron Teow: Assessing Effectiveness of Using Combat UGV Swarm in Urban Operations
Wee Leong Lee: Feasibility Assessment of sUAS-based FOD Detection System
Jul Dr. Ray Buettner and NPS CRUSER Staff: Cybersecurity for UxV Systems
Jun LT Andy Schnieders: Comparison Study of Low-Level Controller Techniques for Unmanned Surface Vessels
LT Tiffany Clark: Integrity-Based Trust Violations within Human-Machine Teaming
May Sondre Engebraten – Test and Evaluation of Decentralized Controller for a Multi-Function Drone Swarm
CPT Todd Howe – Planning and Prototyping a SAR Mission with UxVs
Apr Dr. Alex Bordetsky, NPS, Director of CENETIX – Integrating and operating the Multi-Thread Experiment (MTX) Maritime, Land and Air Network
Mar Dr. Doug Horner, Dr. Alex Bordetsky, Dr. Sean Kragelund and Aurelio Monarrez- Multi-Thread Experiment (MTX)
Feb CDR Katy Giles, USN - Mission-based Architecture for Swarm Composability
Dr. Ray Buettner and Ashley Hobson, NPS - Sea, Land, and Air Military Research (SLAMR) Facility
Jan Gerald Scott, NPS - Field Experimentation 18-2
Michael McCarrin, NPS - Enhancing Object Recognition in LIDAR Point-Cloud Data
Jessica Reichers, NAWCWD - Autonomous Research Arena (AuRa) Human-Machine Interface

Past Workshops

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Workshop 2018: Cross-Domain Operations: The impact of Robotics and Autonomy on the future battlespace | Workshop report 


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Workshop 2017: Distributed Maritime Operations: Combined, Joint, and Coalition Warfare at Sea | Workshop report 


For the following workshops, final reports are available upon request to


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Workshop 2016: Developing Autonomy to Strengthen Naval Power


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Workshop 2015: Creating Asymmetric Warfighting Advantages


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Workshop 2014: Warfighting in the Contested Littorals


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Workshop 2013: Distributing Naval Air and Surface Force Capabilities | Undersea Superiority 2050


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Workshop 2012: Advancing the Design of Undersea Warfare


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Workshop 2011: Revolutionary Concepts from Evolutionary UxS | Future Unmanned Naval Systems Wargame Competition 


Past Special Events


CRUSER Seminar--16 April 2019: Dr. William F. Bundy, Naval War College

You may view Prof. Bundy's April 2019 CRUSER Seminar here.


Prof BundyDr. William F. Bundy 

Associate Provost for Warfighting Research and Development

U.S. Naval War College, Newport Rhode Island


ABSTRACT: Byron Reese offers a description of our entry into the Fourth Age of Technological Evolution. That social evolution is driven by the increasing adoption of smart robots, “thinking” computers and a society that has come to depend on and demand ever improving technologies. The accelerating adoption of technology is causing multiple revolutions in social, business and military affairs. According to Reese, “Technology has changed the face of warfare dozens of times in the past few thousand years…Robots and AI will change it again”.

In our seminar, we ask ourselves how will the defense establishment deliver sensors, control systems and weapons that are evolving on an accelerating basis. How will warfighters keep pace with “smarter – thinking” systems that communicate in natural language and hold deeper knowledge sets than human operators. Rather than years of development and testing, evolving systems and components are delivered to warfighters in “Amazon” speed, inserted in standard slots and launchers with “quick start” instructions, intuitive controls and natural language operation. Imagine receiving your new fire control processor in a box with a link to online installation instructions. Impossible. Well, we adopted online banking without formal training and operate smarter cars with voice commands.  Imagine commanding ship or fleet operations from a command center where battle management displays, video images and decision makers are informed by augmented reality and recommendations provided by – OSCAR, the voice of the battle management system. We’ll explore the art of the possible with a view toward warfare in the Fourth Age.

BIO: Dr. Bundy served in the Navy for more than 30 years prior to returning to the Naval War College as a Center for Naval Warfare Studies (CNWS) faculty member. He has led warfighting concept development and advanced research projects that have been deployed in the Fleet and the Joint Force. Dr. Bundy created the initial concept of operations for Navy Ballistic Missile Defense, warfighting concepts for the Ohio Class Guided Missile Submarine and recently contributed to introduction of Distributed Lethality in the Navy. He has mentored more than 330 war college graduate research students.