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Florida Conference on Recent Advances in Robotics
and Robot Showcase

FCRAR 2006, Miami, Florida, May 25-26, 2006

Special Presentations

Keynote Address

Near-Term Challenges Across the DoD Unmanned Systems Spectrum

Lew Goldberg
President, AUVSI, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

Thursday, May 25, 2006
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, GC 140

Lew Goldberg is the Vice President and General Manager of Security Programs, L-3 Communications Titan Group. He has been responsible for unmanned systems and force protection support to the Department of Defense for over twelve years. 

Prior to joining Titan in 1993, Mr. Goldberg was an Army officer for 25 years, serving as an Air Defender. His assignments included service in Vietnam, command at the Battery and Battalion level, Division Chief at the Pentagon, and support to Desert Storm in the Patriot-SCUD conflicts. 

In addition to his L-3 Com Titan duties, he serves as the President of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world’s largest non-profit trade association focused on furthering the goals and objectives of the unmanned systems community.

Special Session on Robot Competitions

Friday, May 26, 2006
11:00 am - 12:00 pm, GC 140


  • DARPA Grand Challenge: Autonomous Vehicle Development
    Carl Crane, UF

  • Battlebot IQ: The Smart Sport
    Nola Garcia, CEO, Battlebots

  • AUVSI Surface Vehicle Competition
    Gary Stein, UCF


Predicting Emergent Behavior

Randall Shumaker

Director, Institute for Simulation and Training, UCF


Friday, May 26, 2006
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, GC 140



Dr. Randall Shumaker is Director of the Institute for Simulation and Training (IST) in Orlando, Florida, and Professor of Industrial Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Central Florida. Previous assignments include Superintendent for Information Technology at the Naval Research Laboratory, Director of the Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence, and Manager for Aircraft Technology programs at the Naval Air Systems Command.

Dr. Shumaker's personal research interests include artificial intelligence, biomorphic computing methods, and advanced techniques for software development. As a former Presidential rank Senior Executive, US Voting Member in the NATO IST Panel, and frequent reviewer and advisor for military research programs, he has significant insight into military applications and transition of research from academia into government and industry.

Dr. Shumaker is the author of more than fifty scientific publications and is a frequent speaker on a variety of technical topics. He has served as a reviewer for several professional publications and for federal agencies including DARPA, DDR&E, ONR, NASA, and ARL. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania, is a Professional Engineer, and a Commercial Pilot, SEL, MEL, IA.





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