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SAE International Successfully Tests Robotic Standard in Chicago

WARRENDALE, Pa., Aug. 15, 2005 - An emerging standard in robotic technology is being brought to life through the Society of Automotive Engineers' collaboration with senior technologists in Chicago, Ill.

The SAE AS-4 Unmanned Systems Standards Committee, commonly known as JAUS (Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems), is improving a standard that will allow unmanned vehicles from different vendors and government agencies to work together. The development was put into effect in a small conference room in Chicago, where simulated unmanned ground vehicles from a variety of manufacturers successfully cooperated in a five-day experiment.

"Experiments like this allow us to confidently recommend changes and identify gaps to the AS-4 standards committee," said Dr. Parag Batavia, chairman of the experiment committee. "It prepares the team for later field experiments when we plan to use robots of different sizes, shapes and capabilities." The experiment is the latest step in a series of tests that must be completed before the next version of the standard becomes available in 2006.

Organizations involved include: Air Force Research Lab, Applied Perception Inc., Applied Research Associates Inc., AMRDEC, Autonomous Solutions Inc., CoroWare Test Labs Inc., Intelligent Innovations Inc., iRobot Corporation, Harris Corporation GCSD, Navy Weapons Systems Center, SPAWAR Systems Center and the University of Florida Center for Intelligent Machines and Research.

The next experiment is planned for the final quarter of 2005 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. The AS-4/JAUS standard will be tested on a variety of unmanned vehicles, both ground and airborne.

"We are pleased to bring JAUS to SAE International," AS-4 Committee Vice-Chairman Jeff Kotora said. "Our mission as the AS-4 standards body is to serve the buyers, designers and maintainers of unmanned systems without bias."

For more information on the AS-4/JAUS standard, a committee meeting will be held Oct. 11-13 at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego, Calif. Registration is open to anyone in the robotics industry as well as engineers, engineering managers and operators of unmanned vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and users.