Mitre Robotics Presentation at George Washington University

Joel Sherrill joel.sherrill at
Tue Oct 19 15:45:54 UTC 2010


Dr. Cicalese and I will speak at George Washington University
in Washington DC next Tuesday October 26.  I believe we are
scheduled to speak at 11am.  If you are in the area and would
like to attend, you are more than welcome.


This talk provides an introduction to MITRE's work in the growing field 
of Unmanned Systems and to the RTEMS open source, real-time operating 
system. The MITRE Meteor, a converted Ford Explorer, was a finalist in 
the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge. It and its two newer companions, the 
skid-steered MITRE Centaurs, are platforms for a wide range of 
experiments in the field of Unmanned Systems. The speakers will discuss 
the software architecture employed in these robots, where agents built 
in Java perform higher level planning tasks. These agents communicate 
with Ada software running over RTEMS on an embedded processor to control 
the Centaur robot's real-time, safety-critical functions. RTEMS provides 
a high performance environment for embedded applications on a range of 
processors and embedded hardware.


Dr. Cicalese is a Lead Software Systems Engineer at The MITRE 
Corporation in McLean, VA, USA where she provides software engineering 
support to the Army Robotics and other programs. She has experience both 
in industry as a software engineer specializing in distributed systems 
as well as in academia as a tenured associate professor of Computer 
Science at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. She has a BS in 
Electrical Engineering from The George Washington University, an MS in 
Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a DSc in 
Computer Science from The George Washington University.

Dr. Sherrill is the Director of Research and Development for OAR 
Corporation in Huntsville, AL, USA. He is the maintainer of the free 
real-time operating system RTEMS and a founding member of the GCC 
Steering Committee. He lead the team that ported and validated 
GNAT/RTEMS. He has a BS in Computer Science from University of Tennessee 
at Chattanooga and MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of 
Alabama in Huntsville.

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