Piloting innovation to support community resilience
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Autonomous Systems Research Group provides uncrewed vehicle systems research, development, engineering, and operations in support of national security missions. As a part of the US Department of Energy, the group leads uncrewed systems research initiatives for a variety of government programs with applications such as nuclear security, emergency response, and environmental research.
Advancing Autonomy: Researching technologies and developing solutions that advance the capabilities of UxS and address unique government needs related to the widespread adoption and deployment of autonomous uncrewed vehicles.
Edge Computing: Developing custom hardware and software to leverage advanced edge-computing SoMs and conduct research in class-leading machine learning, artificial intelligence, and edge data processing for a variety of applications.
Novel Communications: Researching novel approaches such as multimodal network architectures and Artificial Intelligence to develop the next-generation communication solutions and address challenges with operating uncrewed autonomous vehicles in operationally relevant & austere environments.
Nuclear Security: Leveraging ORNL’s expertise in nuclear science to enhance the security of nuclear materials by researching innovative tools, technologies, and tactics to improve security, enhance response efforts, and support global nuclear non-proliferation.
Operations and Test & Evaluation: Researching innovative methods for operating next-generation autonomous vehicles, providing technical research support for data collection activities, and providing subject matter expertise to partner agencies regarding hardware, workflows, and operational deployments.