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Academic Programs

At the direction of the Secretary of the Navy, the Naval Postgraduate School leverages its long-standing experience and expertise in the research and education of robotics and unmanned systems to support the Navy’s mission. The Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER) serves as a vehicle to align currently disparate research efforts and integrate academic courses across discipline boundaries. CRUSER Charter Document (2017)

The FX program exists to provide an opportunity for NPS faculty, students, private companies, and academia to demonstrate and evaluate new technologies related to the Department of the Navy and the Department of Defense research in an operational field environment, and also to provide the operational community the opportunity to experiment with these technologies to better understand the capabilities that they may represent.

Autonomous Systems Lab

The Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL) was founded by Professor Gabriel Elkaim when he joined the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2003. It is one of several labs that work on control theory at UCSC.

The ASL specializes in guidance, navigation, and control, path-planning, computer vision, and sensor fusion within the scope of autonomous systems. We aim to reduce the cost of autonomous systems through open-source development of both complete autonomous systems as well as their required onboard sensors.