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NPS Introduces the Naval Innovation Exchange

The Naval Innovation Exchange (NIX) program at the Naval Postgraduate College (NPS) organizes and empowers groups of scholars and school with a give attention to creating prototype analysis options.

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA, USA, July 12, 2023/ — The Naval Innovation Middle (NIC) at the Naval Postgraduate College (NPS) in Monterey, Calif., is a part of the Secretary of the Navy’s initiative to leverage the energy of American innovation for nationwide safety. Integral to the operate of the NIC is the Naval Innovation Exchange (NIX), a brand new program that organizes and empowers multidisciplinary groups of NPS college students and school targeted on creating prototype analysis options.

Whereas in its early phases, the NIC at NPS will leverage and empower NIX venture groups, working with business business companions, to handle user-defined operational issues and speed up functionality enhancements that enhance upon our present techniques and platforms.

Three preliminary NIX groups are pursuing expertise ideas and workforce preparation efforts in Clever Autonomous Methods (IAS), Synthetic Intelligence (AI) and Additive Manufacturing (AM). These and different future NIX groups can be aligned to important protection technological wants and Pressure Design imperatives recognized in the Chief of Naval Operations’ Navigation Plan (CNO NAVPLAN).

Kaitie Penry, who not too long ago assumed the new submit of NPS Director of Analysis Innovation, and Dr. Kevin Smith, Vice Provost for Analysis, will oversee and coordinate the NIX portfolio being developed inside the NPS Workplace of Analysis and Innovation (OR&I).

In keeping with Penry, the NIX analysis “sprints” will put together new applied sciences and practices for adoption into the Fleet, Fleet Marine Pressure and shore institution. “Every crew can be led by an NPS school member who will oversee pupil teams as they transfer the tasks ahead throughout overlapping pupil phrases whereas finishing their graduate applications,” she stated.

Penry joined the NPS crew in Might 2023 from the Nationwide Safety Innovation Community (NSIN), a program workplace inside the Workplace of the Beneath Secretary of Protection for Analysis & Engineering. At NSIN, Penry was the Regional Engagement Principal for the higher San Francisco space, specializing in constructing relationships with early-stage startups and academia to be able to develop novel options for nationwide safety downside units. Previous to NSIN, Penry was a federal contractor for the Logistics Imaginative and prescient & Technique workplace inside Headquarters, Marine Corps.

“What I am bringing to the NIX idea is that have of getting labored as a mission associate doing tech scouting, experiencing issues, and taking a look at the huge operational house,” stated Penry. “I understand how to generate and help a crew as they work collectively to attempt to remedy issues in a brand new and distinctive manner.”

Added Smith: “The purpose of the program is to help college students and school in addressing an issue from a holistic perspective. That is an effort to assist advance applied sciences and processes to enhance warfighting effectiveness and pace the growth of capabilities in the direction of adoption. We have been lucky to carry onboard a terrific chief, Kaitie Penry, to assist rise up the NIX effort.”

NIX groups will depend on NPS partnerships with laboratories and warfare facilities by the Naval Analysis and Improvement Institution (NR&DE), academia, and personal business to carry the greatest of their fields to the growth of warfighting options.

The NIX program connects to the innovation pipeline at NPS, which begins with both the annual Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC) or a specialised Warfare Innovation Workshop (WIW). NIX groups are fashioned round concepts and ideas rising from the WIC/WIW. The hands-on experiential studying for college students in the NIX program leverages their operational expertise in an instructional atmosphere to develop threat-informed options with school specialists and business innovators.

NIX groups additionally drive ideation and prototyping by thorough testing and analysis. Minimal viable options that present promise to satisfy a functionality requirement advance to the subsequent section in the pipeline to turn out to be Innovation Capstone Tasks, led by Division of Protection Administration (DDM) college students who develop acquisition methods and transition plans for Program Govt Places of work to undertake. Every section of the NPS innovation pipeline represents a pivotal facet of the course of the place expertise, experience, scholarship and analysis all contribute.

Dr. Sean Kragelund, Analysis Assistant Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Division, is heading the IAS NIX crew. Whereas his work with the Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Methods Schooling and Analysis (CRUSER) has targeted on this area of analysis for years, he’s welcoming the transition to extra collaborative work and outlined venture outcomes.

“NIX groups are a part of an intentional effort by NPS to undertake this innovation mindset – to search out new concepts and make an affect extra shortly,” defined Kragelund. “Many good concepts have been invented at NPS, however they’ll sit unused on a shelf with no sponsor. When issues are invented in a silo, they lack a connection to exterior analysis efforts and an operational narrative. Regardless of onerous work and good relationships between college students and school, it’s solely once we carry the fleet, sponsors and business into the combine that good concepts achieve traction to transition. The NIX groups will do this.”

Kragelund kickstarted the IAS NIX crew with a workshop on June 8-9, 2023, on the heels of the newest AI Summit at NPS hosted with the Workplace of Naval Analysis (ONR) and the Navy AI Process Forces. The occasion welcomed a mix of scholars, school, active-duty members and DOD personnel and contractors to pinpoint supreme analysis subjects associated to IAS and “hybrid power” necessities.

The IAS Workshop was supported by the Naval Warfare Research Institute (NWSI) at NPS, which works as a liaison with the Fleet to assist curate issues and supply them into the innovation pipeline. By way of NWSI, Cecilia Panella, a Protection Evaluation School Affiliate for Analysis, organized the IAS workshop and is deeply concerned in the innovation dialog.

“The army can not purchase expertise. It has to develop it,” stated Panella. “So the IAS Workshop and associated occasions are such a useful asset as a result of we’re bringing collectively a group of researchers, contractors, and warfighters, and placing the college students at the entrance and middle. That’s what NPS is about.”

The IAS crew is seeking to associate with members of Process Pressure 59 who’ve finished in depth IAS testing in the Center East, in addition to the Navy’s Unmanned Process Pressure. They will even have help from business specialists that associate with NPS by greater than 40 lively Cooperative Analysis and Improvement Agreements (CRADAs).

Different NIX groups are following an identical plan of assault. Dr. Mathias Kolsch, Affiliate Professor in the Laptop Science Division who heads the AI NIX crew, realizes his mission is to maneuver analysis ideas from thought to affect.

“The AI NIX crew is sponsored by ONR to speed up the adoption of AI. And, after all, there may be collaborative synergy with the IAS NIX crew,” stated Kolsch. “We are able to have the broadest affect if we determine and treatment gaps in tasks that profit from AI and machine studying expertise, make sure that a succesful and agile workforce can act on improvements in a well-informed and well-supported style, and if we study and disseminate details about the key substances to profitable outcomes of AI tasks.”

Kolsch added, “We’re effectively positioned at NPS by our shut relationship with operational instructions, headquarters, joint efforts – notably at the Chief Digital and Synthetic Intelligence Workplace (CDAO), by our college students and their latest experiences, and the school’s technical experience. We plan on a productive info trade with the IAS crew and all future NIX groups to leverage collaborative synergies and to share our information of the right way to unlock the potential of progressive AI functions.”

The third NIX crew is concentrated on Additive Manufacturing, concentrating on options to provide chain wants in the maritime area and contested logistics. With the help of the Consortium for Additive Manufacturing Analysis and Schooling (CAMRE) at NPS, Dr. Emre Gunduz, Affiliate Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the technical co-director for CAMRE is main the AM NIX crew efforts to use rising AM applied sciences.

“Additive manufacturing will considerably affect the manner DON conducts its operations, to quickly overcome challenges in manufacturing and upkeep of its property,” stated Gunduz. “We now have been educating our college students to have the ability to successfully use these approaches by our curriculum, and we are able to do extra to empower them and their concepts with superior amenities and nearer collaboration inside the naval analysis group, the fleet and throughout the DOD to completely notice their potential to make a distinction and affect.”

The AM NIX crew, along side CAMRE, will take part in the Trident Warrior Train in the summer season of 2024 in the Pacific to check options and deal with challenges in operational situations utilizing new AM applied sciences.

A purpose of every NIX crew is to succeed in a prototype state for a number of its tasks and develop a pathway to adoption. Groups have a wide range of area experimentation applications to check and refine prototypes, comparable to the quarterly Joint Interagency Subject Experimentation (JIFX) occasions with entry to the NPS Seashore Lab or Camp Roberts, which gives unrestricted ranges and airspace.

One in all Kragelund’s groups has already linked with an business associate and is transferring on this path. “I’ve a bunch of scholars that I’m co-advising who’re inquisitive about unmanned floor vessels for a selected naval mission, and we not too long ago signed a CRADA with a small tech startup to check the software,” stated Kragelund.

As a part of the course of, Kragelund met with Ray Jones, Chair of the Division of Protection Administration, and provided to associate his engineering college students with Jones’ acquisition innovation capstone college students. “It was an ideal match, and now they’re sprinting collectively down the highway,” he added.

The ensuing ICP crew – U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Hans Lauzen and Lt. Austin Dumas and U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Daniel Lim – will not be solely seeing success by their partnership, but additionally experiencing the holistic perspective that Smith initially envisioned.

“We have been capable of deal with such a big scope by having this multidisciplinary crew,” stated Dumas of his ICP trio. “Usually, you get a depth of data in a sure space throughout a graduate diploma. However by doing this collectively as a crew, we’re always sharing the totally different elements that we’re engaged on and studying about one another’s fields and areas of experience. I’ve gotten such a broader training already, and I am excited to see what the subsequent 12 months brings.”

The crew will make the most of the upcoming JIFX occasion as a testing floor for his or her venture, with plans to additional check their work at a large-scale fleet train this August, in addition to a U.S. Pacific Fleet built-in battle downside in February. Their bold objectives and devoted efforts are aimed to implement the new functionality on an operational unit by the finish of the subsequent educational 12 months.

“At some stage, each pupil right here at NPS is in search of one thing operationally related to analysis, and needs to make a distinction,” stated Kragelund. “As school, we need to expose our college students to prospects, give them the instruments they want by superior coursework, good amenities, and business partnerships to do related utilized analysis, after which simply get out of their manner! They’re mission-oriented and get issues finished.”

Innovation pushed, NPS develops warfighters and warfighting options. NPS delivers defense-focused graduate training, together with categorized research and interdisciplinary analysis, to advance the operational effectiveness, technological management and warfighting benefit of the Naval service.

Lt. Cmdr. Ed Early
Naval Postgraduate College
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