ARL researchers and RDEC partners recognized with RDA awards

August 27, 2013

Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) were recently recognized with 2012 Research and Development Achievement (RDA) awards for their collaborative work and dedication towards improving the Army's technical capabilities.

The following ARL researchers were recognized:

Dr. Jemin George, Dr. Lance Kaplan, Mr. Bruce Buckland (Soldier and Biological Chemical Command), Mr. George Cakiades (The U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center), Mr. Sachi Desai (ARDEC) and Mr. Dennis Manifico (Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center)
Title: Soldier Wearable Gunfire Detection Data Fusion Module

George and Kaplan's award is for the implementation of a sensor-fusion system to improve the localization accuracy of a set of Soldier wearable-gunfire detection systems (SW-GDS).

"The current SW-GDS only adequately points to the location of the shooter relative to the sensor in ideal sensing conditions. Furthermore, obtaining and communicating an accurate geo-rectified location is problematic due to GPS and inertial navigation system errors," said Kaplan.

Kaplan said that working with their partners at ARDEC, NSRDEC and their contractors, they were able to demonstrate a sensor-fusion technology that incorporates measurements from multiple SW-GDS that overcomes the shortcomings of an individual system and provides more robust and accurate information about the location of a hostile shooter.

"It is great to know that we are working on technologies that help Soldiers with their missions and potentially save their lives. It is also satisfying to simply know that our research is relevant and useful," stated Kaplan.

Kaplan said that he and George pride themselves as basic researchers who contribute to the research community by expanding knowledge through the work that they publish.

"While we hope that our papers can inspire others to generate more applied technologies, it is great to actually be part of the process from time to time. In short, the award reminds us that we can contribute outside of the ivory tower," added Kaplan.

Kaplan added that the award demonstrates that ARL is a quality research organization that is positioned to help the Warfighter.

"We could not have done the work alone without the resources that ARL affords to us. First, Dr. Jemin George and I were fortunate to work together to develop the fusion algorithm. Then, we worked with ARDEC and NSRDEC to code up the algorithm on real hardware and evaluate the fusion concept in a live wireless network using an array of SW-GDS. Overall, the award demonstrates how ARL and the RDECs can work together to transition basic 6.1 research for the benefit of the Soldiers," Kaplan stated.

Mr. Richard Summers, Dr. Muge Fermen-Coker, Mr. Christopher Meyer, Mr. Jeffrey Kraft (ARDEC), Mr. Ernesto Vasquez, Mr. David Kafrouni (ARDEC), Mrs. Amy Gerands, Mr. Larry Pledger and Ms. Allison Durrett (The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center)
Title: Scalable Extended Range Dual-Purpose Energetic Warhead

According to Fermen-Coker, Scalable Extended Range Dual-Purpose Energetic Warhead is a munition concept to provide the Warfighter with an in-theater selectable low collateral damage option for military operations in complex urban environments.

It is configured for a rocket-assisted artillery shell and provides scalable output by combining the rocket motor with the warhead and using a dual-purpose energetic material.

Depending on mission needs and option selected, low-yield mode provides focused and enhanced lethal effects on the target while significantly reducing collateral damage, and high-yield mode generates a traditional widespread footprint.

At low-yield mode, DPE can be utilized either as a rocket propellant to increase weapon's maximum range, or as a booster for compact fragment pattern. At high-yield mode, DPE serves as an explosive.

Lethal effects are enhanced due to a longer warhead body.

The concept provides more engagement options for the Soldier at reduced logistics costs.

"Receiving an award is always the ultimate positive feedback and acknowledgement that our contributions are deemed valuable for the Soldier," said Fermen-Coker.

"In this particular case, we are honored to be nominated by another organization, ARDEC, as recognition of our transitioned research efforts and productive collaboration," added Fermen-Coker.

"Working as a geographically distributed but functionally integrated team, ARL developed the initial principles, AMRDEC developed the dual-purpose energetic rocket propellant, and ARDEC developed the detailed design and integration scheme. Leveraging the experience from each organization enabled the team to develop the munition concept in a timely and cost-effective manner towards a [technology readiness level] 5 demonstration," stated Fermen-Coker.

She added that it is good to see that the transitioned research efforts are viewed to be of high quality and of value to the Soldier.

ARL is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers.

RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness-technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection and sustainment-to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it.


Last Update / Reviewed: August 27, 2013