Navy Opens Robotics Laboratory

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The Naval Research Laboratory opened the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research in Washington D.C. on Friday.

LASR will support cutting-edge research in robotics and autonomous systems of interest to the Navy, the Marine Corps, and the Department of Defense, such as unmanned underwater vehicles, autonomous firefighting robots, and sensor networks, the agency said.

The laboratory will also advance the goals of President Obama’s National Robotics Initiative, a a multi-agency effort to strengthen U.S. leadership in robotics and to enable human-robot teams to solve important challenges in defense, space, health and manufacturing.

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