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Robot & Unmanned Vehicle Systems Tech Transfer Forum


Expert panel discussions on moving Robot/Unmanned Vehicle System Technologies from Federal Labs And Universities to the private sector in support of First Responders and Homeland Security.


9:00 Welcome

  • William Piersol, Robot Venture Initiative
  • Steve Mondul, State Office of Commonwealth Preparedness


9:15-10:15 First Responder Panel: William Piersol, Moderator

  • Fire Chief Ken Jones, Newport News
  • Captain Michael Goldsmith, Norfolk Police
  • Lt. Colonel William Mahoney, 34th Civil Support Team, Virginia National Guard


10:15-10:30 Break, Exhibit Tables


10:30-11:30 Environmental Monitoring: William Bean, Moderator

  • Professor John Boon, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary
  • Tucker Pierce, Tellus Applied Sciences
  • Mark Rowland, Lawrence Livermore National Lab


11:30-12:30: Remote Manipulation: Susan Zelicoff, FirstLink, Moderator

  • Byron Brezina, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head
  • Elena Messina, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • David K Trevvett, Air Force Research Lab


12:30-2:00 Lunch, Keynote Address: Joe Bouchard, Virginia Beach/Norfolk, Robot Technology Demonstration

  • Naval Surface Warfare Center EOD robot technology
  • Old Dominion University head set and robot interaction demonstration
  • Air Force Research Lab hazmat/fire fighting robot platform


2:00-2:20: SPAWAR collaboration, CCAT robot solicitation announcement, DOD Technology Transfer Overview: Cliff Hudson, Office of Undersecretary for Defense


2:20-3:20: Situation Awareness, Communication and Data Relay: Kenny Greenwell, Klett Consulting Group, Moderator

  • Doris Hamill, NASA Langley Research Center
  • Nader Moayeri, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Dr. Vijayan Asari, Old Dominion University


3:20-3:30: Wireless Technology: Rick Lally, Oceana Sensor


3:30-3:45 Break, Exhibit Displays


3:45-4:30 Capstone Session on Technology Transfer: Frank Roberts, Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance, Moderator

  • Susan Zelicoff, FirstLink
  • John Emond, NASA and Federal Laboratory Consortium
  • Lee Beach, Hampton Roads Research Partnership


4:30-5:00 Networking, Exhibit Tables


Start Date: Thursday, October 23, 2008
End Date: Thursday, October 23, 2008
Location: Suffolk, Virginia
Audience: Industry, Government, Academia
Format: Conference


Federal Laboratories Consortium - MidAtlantic Region
Hampton Roads Research Partnership
Old Dominion University
Hampton Roads Robot Venture Initiative


Registration is closed for this event. Additional presentations can be found on the FLC website, here.

Technical Contact:

Bill Piersol  

John Emond