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NSF Industry/University
Cooperative Research Center

The mission of the SSR-RC is to conduct integrative, multi-disciplinary research in autonomous systems to improve homeland security. In order to met this mission, the SSR-RC goes beyond the conventional NSF I/UCRC model and strives to create a partnership between academia, industry, and the public sector to

  • Continuously evolve an understanding of the technology needs of the public sector through direct contact with homeland security professionals and use of field data
  • Identify basic research themes that have a clear relationship to the needs of the public sector yet considers the de facto prioritization imposed by the constraints of the marketplace, and
  • Educate public sector science and technology decision makers about autonomy systems for homeland security so that the US is able to leverage its intellectual capital in order to make our lives safer.

NEWS FLASH! Carnegie Mellon University receives grant to join USF and Minnesota in the SSR-RC. Now the SSR-RC is a gateway to faculty in areas such as business, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, physics, and psychology from USF, Minnesota, and CMU.

SSR-RC members working with CRASAR contributed equipment and personnel to aid with Katrina and Wilma. Click here for a press release about . photos. The SSR-RC and CRASAR returned to Katrina under NSF funding to photodocument damage to multi-story commercial buildings along the Gulf Coast using miniature unmanned helicopters; these efforts were featured on CNN and in the March 2006 edition of Popular Science.

Solicitations for projects for 2007 are underway.

Information for USF Faculty CLICK HERE

2005-2006 members include: Architecture Technology Corporation, Automatika, CHI Systems, Freedom4Wireless, Honeywell, iSENSYS, Lockheed, Martin, Mission Research Corporation, PAR Systems, Pursuit Technologies, Remotec, SAIC, US Army Research Laboratory, US Special Operations Commmand, and Winter Arrowmaker.