Tag Archives: robotics

Amentum Selected for GSA’s ASTRO IDIQ; CEO John Vollmer Quoted

John Vollmer

Amentum, a leading federal defense contractor, announced Wednesday that the company has been selected for nine pools on the General Service Administration’s (GSA) multiagency, multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity ASTRO contract to provide mission support for the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.

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Army Develops Model to Enable Question-Based Robotic Learning; Felix Gervits Quoted

Robotic Learning

The U.S. Army has created a computational model that enables robotic systems to learn from soldiers via conversational interaction. The service branch said Thursday it pursues this research in partnership with Tufts University under the Department of Defense's Laboratory University Collaboration Initiative (LUCI). The team will move the project forward by making the model understand more types of questions.

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AeroVironment Board of Directors Elect Wahid Nawabi to Become New Chairman; Arnold Fishman Quoted

Wahid Nawabi

AeroVironment announced on Tuesday that its Board of Directors has unanimously elected Wahid Nawabi to succeed Tim Conver as chairman upon Conver’s retirement effective at the company’s 2021 annual meeting of shareholders. “Tim’s leadership and mentorship have resulted in countless American and allied lives saved as a result of our innovative UAS and TMS solutions,” concluded Nawabi.

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Army Experiments With Adaptive Exoskeleton Tech; Cortney Bradford Quoted

Exoskeleton Tech

Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has launched an effort to study how autonomous exoskeleton technology can adapt to soldier users. The study aimed to identify brain and muscle signals, walking performance metrics and movement profiles that can be used to track an individual's state when using an exoskeleton, the Army said Tuesday.

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Accenture to Acquire Pollux to Advance Robotics, Automation Solutions

Accenture Acquires Glamit

Accenture has agreed to acquire Pollux, a provider of industrial robotics and automation solutions, to expand Accenture’s capabilities across consumer goods, pharmaceutical and automotive industries. “Automation and human + machine collaboration are digitally transforming manufacturing and supply chain operations to be more flexible, resilient, sustainable and safe, and to better meet ever-changing customer demands,” said Nigel Stacey, global lead for Accenture Industry X. 

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Researchers Offer Human-Robot Teaming Recommendations to Help Inform Army R&D

Human-Robot Teaming

A new report that built on a workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and University of Maryland provides 31 recommendations on enabling spoken language interaction between soldiers and robots to help the U.S. Army pursue modernization in the areas of artificial intelligence and autonomy. The Next Generation Combat Vehicle is one of the Army programs expected to benefit from the report guidelines.

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Maj. Jeremy Howell: Army Increases Planned Budget for 2021 Robotics Programs

U.S. Army

Maj. Jeremy Howell, a U.S. Army officer who serves as deputy robotics branch chief, G-8, said the service's robotics portfolio has grown in terms of budget, with 20 upcoming programs. The major noted that the Army wants to purchase modular mission payloads that may consist of communications systems, anti-jamming technologies and lethality packs.

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GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service Seeks Input on Section 876 Authority Implementation

GSA

The General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is requesting feedback to inform how it will implement an authority in the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act that will evaluate price only at the task order level to improve competition. Comments on the advance notice of proposed rulemaking for the implementation of Section 876 are due Sept. 19.

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Emily Murphy: ASTRO Contract Vehicle to Use Section 876 Authority

Emily Murphy

Emily Murphy, head of the General Services Administration (GSA) and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, said the ASTRO master contract for unmanned, manned and robotic systems will be the first contract vehicle to use a provision in the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that will require price as an evaluation criterion only at the task order level.

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