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FORT HOOD, Texas ─ The first-ever “Robotics Rodeo,” which aims to encourage development of autonomous systems in support of our Nation’s warfighters, is drawing the world’s leading robotic designers and builders to the Texas-based event.

Fort Hood’s III Corps and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) are hosting the Robotics Rodeo Sept. 1-3 on the grounds of the world’s largest U.S. military base, Fort Hood.

“During the inaugural Robotics Rodeo, we’re looking to motivate the industry, educate developers and observe key members of the robotics technology community,” explained TARDEC Director Dr. Grace M. Bochenek. “We are encouraging the development of autonomous systems supporting warfighter operational needs, and we are energized by the exceptional line-up of companies joining us for the Rodeo.”

The Robotics Rodeo – which is open to the media – is not a competition. Instead, the Rodeo is a market research event to determine what industry technologies will potentially benefit the Army’s robotic systems programs. More than 140 members of the science and technology community will attend. In addition, several hundred soldiers with explosive ordnance disposal, route clearance, logistics, combat arms and recent combat experience will provide their expertise.

The Robotics Rodeo will be separated into two areas, an Extravaganza and the Robotic Technology Observation, Demonstration and Discussion (RTOD2).

More information on the Robotics Rodeo is available at: www.tardec.info/roboticsrodeo/

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