CMU is a core part of the CTA robotics program. CTA is the Collaborative Technology Alliance program, funded and directed by the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). The prime contractor for the Robotics CTA is General Dynamics Robot Systems (GDRS).
The overall project goals are as follows:
"The Robotics Alliance focuses on the technology required to permit inanimate systems (or sub-systems) to perform in a seemingly human fashion. It is a systems-based discipline, combining perception, knowledge, plan/behavior generation and execution in a systematic, controlled fashion to achieve a designated goal. Robotic systems may function with varying degrees of human intervention: they may operate autonomously, under supervisory control, or be teleoperated. . . . [The Alliance] will concentrate efforts on three areas of technology: advanced perception, intelligent architectures/behaviors and human interface/planning techniques."