The 2009 U.S. Naval Institute Robotics Essay Contest

The 2009 U.S. Naval Institute Robotics Essay Contest
Sponsored by Northrop Grumman

The Goal: Discuss the most pressing needs where robotics may be a solution

The Challenge: "Next year, the US Air Force will procure more unmanned aircraft than manned aircraft," Air Force Lt. Gen. Norman Seip, commander of Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern), has predicted. Will advances keep up with the needs of our military, first responders and the hazmat industry? Have developers bumped up against technological obstacles, or are new breakthroughs the inevitable outcome of ongoing research?

About Robotics: The extraordinary capability of hazardous duty robotics to save lives on the battlefield is an extension of similar work ranging from local law enforcement to hazmat and first responders. In the field of science they have made possible the exploration of hostile environments from space to the crushing depths of our oceans. The ability to control these remarkable machines remotely, from great distances has implications for safety, costs and control of missions that would otherwise be impractical. Often great advances in technology come as distinctions between the scientific disciplines blur. The new science produces startling new capabilities that open advanced applications from those willing to peer into the future. Few have more practical uses than robotics.


Eligibility: Open to all members of the Naval Institute. Join Now

Focus: New and Enhanced Applications for Robotics
Length: 2,500 words or less
Publication: Winners will be announced and will publish the work, in the September, 2009 issue of Proceedings
Cash Awards: Will be presented at USNI Honors Night, in October 2009
Deadline: July 15, 2009. Submit to [email protected] with full contact information


1st Prize: $10,000 & Life Membership

2nd Prize:  $5,000 & Life Membership

Two 3rd Prizes: $2500 & Life Membership

Essay Contest Guidelines

Submit entries electronically to: [email protected]. Note the title of the essay contest in the subject line of your email. In the body of the email include the title of your essay, your name, address, telephone number, and a biography of 50 words or less. Because essays are judged without knowing the author's identity, your attached essay's cover page should include the title of your essay as noted in the email and the word count (excluding text within graphic elements or footnotes), but not your name.

Your submission must be an original analytical and/or interpretive work not currently submitted or previously published elsewhere. You are encouraged to submit photographic and/or graphic elements to support your essay.

Digital images must be no less than 300 dpi.
Your submission must be emailed on or before the contest deadline. Top prize winners are published in our monthly professional magazine, Proceedings. We encourage writers to browse Proceedings to get a sense of appropriate essays for our readership. The Naval Institute offers contest awards, not scholarships.



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