Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER) [website] [open html - 39KB]
"At the direction of the Secretary of the Navy, the Naval Postgraduate School [NPS] 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 provides a collaborative environment for the advancement of educational and research endeavors across the Navy and Marine Corps. The Consortium seeks to capitalize efforts, both internal and external to NPS, by facilitating active means of collaboration, providing a portal for information exchange among researchers and educators with collaborative interests, fostering innovation through directed programs of operational experimentation, and supporting the development of an array of educational ventures. CRUSER is a facilitator for the Navy's common research interests in current and future unmanned systems and robotics. The Consortium, working in partnership with other organizations, will inject a focus on robotics and unmanned systems into existing joint and naval field experiments, exercises, and war games, as well as host specific events, both experimental and educational. The Consortium hosts classified and unclassified web spaces to serve as collaborative environments for the community. Furthermore, with the operational needs of the Navy and the Marine Corps at its core, CRUSER will be an inclusive, active partner for the effective education of future military leaders and decision makers. Refining existing courses of education and designing new academic programs will be an important benefit of CRUSER, making the Consortium a unique and indispensable resource for the Navy and highlighting the educational mission of the Naval Postgraduate School."