TECHLAV 2nd Annual Meeting

Followed by successfully organizing TECHLAV’s first Annual Meeting in 2016, the second Annual Meeting was held from May 31, 2017 to July 1, 2017 in Greensboro, NC. The meeting brought together researchers from academia, military, and industry, as well as, students from North Carolina A&T State University, UTSA, and SIPI. The visit provided updates on various tasks, modeling, control, testing, and evaluation of autonomous vehicles, as well as demos and poster presentations on the most recent TECHLAV research outcomes. In addition, there was a technical panel and two keynote speakers who gave a talk deeply embedded in the current world of autonomy. To attend this event or for any other related questions, please contact Shar Seyedin, the TECHLAV Program Manager at 336-285-3271, or The agenda for this meeting is available here.

Keynote Speakers

"First Principles for Software - The Need for Formal Design"

Matthew A Clark
Supervisor of the Autonomous Controls Branch, Power and Control Division,
Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/RQQA)

Matthew A Clark, MSEE is the supervisor of the Autonomous Controls Branch, Power and Control Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/RQQA). Prior to that he was the Technical Area Lead for the Verification and Validation of Complex and Autonomous Systems. He led a team of 10 in-house researchers in the design, analysis, verification, and validation of autonomous control systems. He is also the primary subject matter expert for the AFRL Autonomy Test and Evaluation, Verification and Validation (TEVV). Additionally, Mr. Clark is the co-leader of the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Research and Evaluation, Autonomy Community of Interest, Test and Evaluation Mr. Clark started his career in the Air Force Research Lab in 1995 supporting large scale aircraft component thermal, acoustic, and static combined environment structural testing. In 2000, 2010 respectively he received his Bachelor’s Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering at Wright State University with a concentration on Electrical Power and Intelligent control systems. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Clark worked as an industrial power and control engineer at Delphi Automotive, in Warren Ohio. In 2005, Mr. Clark returned to AFRL as Technical Area Lead for the combined environment structural testing facility. In 2010, Mr. Clark served at the Air Force Material Command headquarters providing support for the test and evaluation infrastructure, strategic planning, and operational cyber security, receiving the Exemplary Civilian Service Award. In 2011 he returned to the Air Force Research Laboratory to work on the verification and validation of autonomous control systems and applications. His research interests include verifiable intelligent power and control systems and Run Time Assurance of intelligent systems.

"Modeling, Control and Estimation of Freeway Traffic"

Roberto Horowitz
James Fife Endowed Chair, Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering,
University of California, Berkeley

Roberto Horowitz is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of California at Berkeley and holds the James Fife Endowed Chair in the College of Engineering.    He received a B.S. degree with highest honors in 1978 and a Ph.D. degree in 1983 in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and became a faculty member of the Mechanical Engineering Department in 1982. Dr. Horowitz teaches and conducts research in the areas of adaptive, learning, nonlinear and optimal control, with applications to Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMS), computer disk file systems, robotics, mechatronics and Intelligent Vehicle and Highway Systems (IVHS). He is currently the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering Department is a former co-director of the Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH) research center at U.C. Berkeley. Dr. Horowitz is a member of IEEE and ASME and the recipient of the 2010 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) Henry M. Paynter Outstanding Investigator Award.

Panel Discussions

Panel Theme: “Autonomy and Unmanned Vehicles; Transforming DoD Operations”

Background: Unmanned vehicles have a large impact on DoD’s operations both offensively and defensively. Despite a great deal of progress, fielded unmanned vehicle technologies are at the initial stages of innovation in autonomy, leaving the R&D section with many challenges and opportunities for future developments. This panel will discuss challenges and gaps as well as transformational and potentially disruptive impacts of unmanned vehicles and autonomy enabled technologies on DoD operations.

Questions for Panelists:
  • What is the current state of autonomy technologies and their potential to introduce new capabilities to DoD operations?
  • How to quantify/measure the level of autonomy? How to choose a right level of autonomy for different applications/environments?
  • What are the potential barriers and gaps in machine learning techniques for autonomous systems?
  • What are the critical challenges both technically and technologically in autonomy development?
  • What are the critical barriers that impacts employment of autonomy?
  • What are potential disruptive impacts of autonomous technologies?
  • How to be prepared for validation and testing of emerging autonomous technologies?
  • How to build autonomy and trust simultaneously?