FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 17, 2011
By Geoff S. Fein, Office of Naval Research
ARLINGTON, Va.--More than 500 attendees turned out for the 2011 Pacific Operational Science and Technology Symposium and Exhibit March 14-17, where the Office of Naval Research showcased the latest innovations in fuel cell vehicles, robotics and weapons.
Coming on the heels of the recent devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami, this year's conference in Honolulu focused on "Forging Regional Science and Technology Ties: Synergizing International Partnerships to Meet Shared Objectives." Panel discussions explored timely topics such as nuclear safety and climate change in the Asian pacific as well as the Navy's maritime strategy.
ONR was among more than 45 exhibitors at the annual conference. ONR's exhibit included a hydrogen-based fuel cell vehicle, designed and manufactured by General Motors for the Marines in Hawaii. The vehicle is anticipated to be available to the public by 2015.
Additionally, visitors to ONR's booth learned about the Navy's Electromagnetic Railgun; the Remote Environmental Monitoring Units System; and Octavia, the mobile, dexterous, social android.
Speakers at the conference included Dr. Walter Jones, ONR's executive director, who discussed a range of science and technology efforts, including autonomous vehicles and directed energy.
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