TECHLAV 1st Annual Meeting
TECHLAV’s first annual meeting was held from July 24, 2016 to July 25, 2016 in Greensboro,
NC. The meeting will bring together researchers from academia, military, and industry.
The purpose of the visit is to provide updates on various tasks; modeling, control,
testing, and evaluation of autonomous vehicles, as well as demos and poster presentations
on most recent TECHLAV research outcomes. In addition, there will be a technical panel
and two keynote speakers who will be giving a talk that is deeply embedded in the current
world of autonomy.
Autonomy: Challenges to Realize the Promise
Ms. Kris Kearns
AFRL Portfolio Manager for Autonomous Systems
Kristen Kearns is the Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL)
Autonomy Portfolio Lead, and as such she is responsible for defining
the AFRL S&T Strategy for Autonomy. She leads a large team of
scientists and engineers across AFRL to develop program plans and
implement AFRL's autonomy vision. She coordinates AFRL's approximate
$80M+/year autonomy investment and leads planning for future integrated
experiments and demonstrations. In her 25 years with the AF, Kris has
held many positions across AFRL; a chief of branches and a division in
the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate; Plans Engineer in AFRL's
Plans and Programs; and now in the Human Effectiveness Directorate.
Most of Kearns career has focused on maturing and transitioning technologies
for AF application. As the AFRL Autonomy Portfolio Lead, she continues
that work and is striving to demonstrate the utility of autonomous
technologies that cut across the AFRL technology areas.
Flexible Information Fusion and Battle-space Perception in Contested Environments
Dr. Willard Curtis
AFRL Munitions Directorate, Technical Advisor,
Weapon Dynamics and Control Sciences Branch
Dr. Curtis studied engineering physics at Cornell University
in 1993, then received his Masters and PhD degrees in electrical
and computer engineering from Brigham Young University in 2001.
Since then, he has worked at the Munitions Directorate of the Air
Force Research Laboratory in the guidance, navigation and control
group. Dr. Curtis has served as a team leader, assistant chief
scientist, and is currently the guidance and controls branch
technical advisor and weapons autonomy technical lead. He leads
a research group exploring autonomous robotics, human-machine
interaction, and non-Gaussian estimation theory applied to target
tracking in complex environments.