Alan Schultz, currently the Director of the Naval Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence at NRL, has been appointed as the first Director for the ASRL.
In his capacity as Director for the ASRL, Schultz will be primarily responsible for interacting with the broader community including potential Naval end users, sponsors and visitors of the laboratory.
The ASRL facilities are available for use NRL-wide as they do not belong to a single division or discipline.
Allowing scientists and engineers to validate their projects at the S&T level, the ASRL will save valuable time and funds that are normally spent in traveling to real environments.
There are currently several major funded projects slated for the ASRL, including an ONR project on developing shipboard firefighting robots, and another that will be investigating advance techniques for testing and evaluating autonomy logic for unmanned underwater vehicles.