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USSOCOM S&T Directorate: Technology Development Working Groups (TDWG) 2018 Virtual Symposium

The US Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM’s) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate has launched a virtual symposium to support industry efforts to identify and enable disruptive technologies providing an ‘asymmetric advantage’ for special operations forces. Published on 23 April 2018 ahead of the annual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, Florida, the virtual symposium

Teaching Robots “Manners”: Digitally Capturing and Conveying Human Norms

Researchers develop methods to help machines display appropriate social behavior in interactions with humans. Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are making virtual and robotic assistants increasingly capable in performing complex tasks. For these “smart” machines to be considered safe and trustworthy collaborators with human partners, however, robots must be able to quickly assess a given

Why Every Research Portfolio Should Include Basic Science

The side prepared to fight is the side that wins the battle—and basic science research provides the first step in being prepared. Like all aspects of the military, the research and development sector thrives on a foundation of cause and effect. Applied research questions more easily match this formula because you can make concrete claims