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CCATSM San Diego Seeks to Support/Fund New Robotic Payload Technologies
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed May 03, 2006
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The Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology (CCAT) in San Diego, California today announced that the program is accepting applications from entrepreneurs, government laboratories and academic researchers who have designed robotics technologies that can be used in military and defense applications. The Department of Defense (DoD)-supported CCAT program awards funding and commercialization assistance to technologies dedicated to military, defense, Homeland Security and First Responder operations. Award applications will be accepted through May 31, 2006.

Submitted technologies will be reviewed and evaluated by the CCAT program, in conjunction with the DoD Joint Robotics Program at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, San Diego (SSC San Diego). The upcoming evaluation, entitled Integration of Technologies on an Unmanned Ground Vehicle for Enhance Situational Awareness, seeks reasonably proven technologies and systems that can be integrated onto specific existing military robotic platforms. Primary areas of interest include miniature sensors (chemical, seismic, explosives, etc.); communications systems; autonomous operations technology; and detection and classification.

Currently, there are approximately 2000 robots in use by the U.S. military in Afghanistan and Iraq for duties such as the detection and disablement of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), surveillance and many other tasks that are deemed unsafe for human intervention. The number of robots in conflict zones is expected to double by the end of 2006 according to DoD sources.

“As the number and use of military robots increase, the type of technologies used in conjunction with robotic payloads to perform these tasks will also increase,” said Tom Sheffer, program director for CCAT at San Diego State University (SDSU) Research Foundation. “For this solicitation, CCAT will review technologies that can expand the robots’ usage as effective lifesaving tools, then pave the way to get the very best of these technologies into the hands of the American military and security personnel.”

Award recipients will be announced in August, 2006. To submit a robotics payload technology for consideration or for more information the solicitation, please visit

The Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology (CCAT) is supported by Congress and funded by the Department of Defense as a public-private collaborative partnership among academia, industry, and government. With Centers located at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) and San Diego State University (SDSU), the CCAT program provides funding and business development support services to small entrepreneurs, small businesses, and government/university research scientists that have developed technology for use in the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, as well as the commercial marketplace. Additional program partners include the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Jacobs School of Engineering, von Liebig Center and The Security Network with support from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, San Diego. For more information about CCAT, visit

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