Philosophical Society of Washington

Military Robotics

Status and Challenges

Stephen Welby
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

2213th Meeting Abstract
Friday, December 1, 2006 at 8:15 PM


Unmanned systems, especially robotics, are becoming increasingly important for national security. This talk will review current military applications and emerging research in DARPA's program. DARPA is the central research and development organization for the United States Department of Defense. It manages and directs selected basic and applied research and development projects for DoD, and pursues research and technology where risk and payoff are both very high and where success may provide dramatic advances for traditional military roles and missions.

Stephen Welby

About the Author:

Stephen Welby became the Director, Tactical Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in November 2005. In his capacity as Director of the DARPA Tactical Technology Office, Mr. Welby has executive responsibility for a portfolio of major DoD research and development programs focused on delivering breakthrough capabilities in manned and unmanned systems, space systems, novel weapons, and tactical multipliers. Mr. Welby also provides advice and consulting support to senior military leadership and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Mr. Welby previously served as Acting Director and Deputy Director, DARPA Information Exploitation Office (DARPA/IXO) from the formation of the office in November 2001. He was involved in the creation of IXO, which now serves as the primary focal point within DARPA responsible for research and development of sensor and information system technology and systems with application to battle space awareness, targeting, command and control, and information integration.

Mr. Welby received a BS in Chemical Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Manhattan NY (1987), an MS in Business Administration from Texas A&M University, Texarkana TX (1988), an MS in Applied Mathematics from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD (1991) and an MS in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University.

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