Ms. Heidi Shyu, the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) Explores ARM Institute Projects at DMC
During the 2023 Defense Manufacturing Conference (DMC), the ARM Institute was honored to showcase three technologies that support critical U.S. defense manufacturing needs to Ms. Heidi Shyu, the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)). Her first visit was to the ARM Institute booth where we demonstrated a mixed reality solution for sustainment and maintenance provided by ARM member GridRaster. Ms Shyu then visited the booth of ARM Member Corsha where she learned about a Defense Point-of-Need project for manufacturing and cybersecurity solutions at the austere edge in frostbite weather. She then visited ARM member ARIS Technology where she learned about an ARM Institute funded project integrating mixed reality with robotic simulation for inspection and asset defects mapping.
Beyond these visits, the ARM Institute had a significant presence at DMC 2023. The ARM Institute led three presentations:
- Mary Ellen Rich (ARM Institute Certification Manager) led a session on our Robotics Technician Virtual Reality Assessment with ARM Member SimInsights
- Dr. Larry Sweet (ARM Institute Director, Engineering) led a session on Accelerating Tech Transition of Advanced Robotic Manufacturing Capabilities to the Organic Industrial Base.
- Michael Skocik (ARM Institute Senior Program Manager) led a session on AI and Machine Learning Enabling Manufacturing Process and Supply Chain Transformation
Additionally, several ARM Members provided briefs about their projects, including:
- Dr. John Wen from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute highlighted one of his ARM Institute robotics projects in his presentation on High Performance Robot Trajectory Tracking Through Iterative Learning and Optimization
- Michael Groeber from The Ohio State University featured an ARM Institute project in his presentation on Autonomous Robotic Incremental Forging Prototype System Development and Successful Demonstration at Air Logistics Center
- Lisa Carlson from Boeing explored ARM Institute project impact during her presentation on Ceramic Matrix Composites Pick Place and Form Automation
- David Galati from Titan Robotics, Inc. featured ARM Institute work in his presentation on MultiAsset Simultaneous Task Segmentation and Scheduling
- Bhasker Banerjee from GridRaster Inc. discussed one of his ARM Institute projects during his presentation on Part Localization and Registration using eXtended Reality and 3D AI
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