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David Stager
Senior NREC Commercialization Specialist, RI
Email:
Office: NREC 278
Phone: (412) 683-4354
Fax: 412-683-3087
  Mailing address:
National Robotics Engineering Center
10 40th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Affiliated Center(s):
 National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)

Current Projects
 
Assisted Mining
NREC applied robotic sensors to the development of semi-automated continuous mining machines and other underground mining equipment.
Autonomous Agricultural Spraying
We are developing ground-based vehicles for pesticide application.
Autonomous Haulage (AHS)
NREC and Caterpillar are jointly developing the Autonomous Haulage System (AHS), a commercial system for automating large off-highway trucks.
Autonomous Platform Demonstrator (APD)
The Autonomous Platform Demonstrator (APD) will develop, integrate and test next-generation unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technologies.
Autonomy & Control (RVCA)
NREC is implementing an end-to-end control architecture for unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to reduce integration risk in the US Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) program.
Belt Inspection
NREC designed, built and tested a high-speed "machine vision" system for monitoring the condition of conveyor belts such as those used in underground coal mines.
CARGO UGV
NREC is teaming with Oshkosh Defense to develop autonomous unmanned ground vehicle technologies for logistics tactical wheeled vehicles used by the US Marine Corps.
CARGO UGV OCU
The CARGO UGV operator control unit (OCU) seamlessly controls one or more CARGO UGVs traveling in convoy formation.
Crusher
NREC designed and developed the Crusher vehicle to support the UPI program's rigorous field experimentation schedule.
Material Transport (AMTS)
NREC developed AMTS, an innovative system for accurately guiding robotic material transport vehicles in industrial settings.
Motion Free Scanning Radar
We incorporate the current state of the art in non-mechanical scanning antenna technology with advanced millimeter-wave ranging technology to enable a small, reliable, and affordable imaging-radar sensor with no moving parts. Sensors will be demonstrated on the sponsor's equipment in typical operating scenarios and environments.
Off-Road Autonomy (UPI)
The UPI program improved the speed, reliability, and autonomy of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) operating in extreme off-road terrain.
Orchard Spraying
NREC converted a John Deere tractor into an autonomous vehicle for spraying water in orchards.
PerceptOR (NRECPerceptOR)
NREC designed, developed and tested an innovative autonomous perception and navigation system for the DARPA PerceptOR program.
Spinner (UGCV)
With development of the Spinner unmanned ground vehicle, an NREC-led team delivered technical breakthroughs in mobility, mission endurance and payload fraction.
Strawberry Plant Sorter
NREC is developing an automated, machine vision-based strawberry plant sorter.
Teleoperation Booth
NREC has developed an immersive teleoperation system that allows operators to remotely drive an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) more effectively over complex terrain.
UGCV PerceptOR Integrated (UPI)
The UPI (UGCV PerceptOR Integrated) program integrates and enhances the results from UGCV and PerceptOR to increase the speed and autonomy of unmanned ground vehicles operating in complex terrain. By combining the inherent mobility of Spinner with advanced perception techniques including the use of learning and prior terrain data, the UPI program stresses system design across vehicle, sensors and software so that the strengths of one component compensate for the weaknesses of another.