US Military Academy Selected for DoD Research Award

By West Point Public Affairs - December 29, 2020


WEST POINT, N.Y. – Faculty from the U.S. Military Academy’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science were recently selected for a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) award which gives $50 million across 85 different institutions.

Colonel Christopher Korpela submitted the proposal and was the principal investigator along with Dr. Misha Novitzky and Dr. John James from the Robotics Research Center which supports a “Tactical Autonomous Maneuver Testbed for Multi-Agent Air-Ground Teams.”

“West Point is extremely proud to receive its first DURIP award to support margin of excellence research in human robot teaming as we make advances for our Army and nation,” said Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb, Dean of the Academic Board.

The award will be used for additional instrumentation of the recently renovated robotics laboratory in Thayer Hall to support courses, senior design projects, and cadet and faculty research.

The annual DURIP award process is highly competitive. The program is administered through a merit competition jointly by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Army Research Office, and Office of Naval Research. The Department seeks specific proposals from university investigators conducting foundational science and engineering research relevant to national defense.

For more information, please read the DoD DURIP press release. The list of winning proposals can be seen here.


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