Advanced Systems Group

Boston Engineering Robotics

Boston Engineering’s Advanced Systems Group (ASG) develops game-changing robotics, unmanned systems, and special tactical equipment. Our experienced, multidisciplinary team drives technology evolution for federal defense and civilian agencies, and corporations. Recognized as a robotics engineering leader, the Economist named Boston Engineering in its “Top 6 Technology Breakthroughs of 2009” for robotic marine innovation. Additionally, the Boston Business Journal has ranked Boston Engineering in its top-10 list of largest Massachusetts robotics companies for 2015 and 2016.

Our robotics capabilities emphasize unmanned vehicle innovation — including unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). Product applications include the military, the oil and gas industry, port security, and industrial entities with requirements for:

  • Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • Port security, underwater inspection, and maintenance
  • Underwater threat detection and interdiction
  • Advanced object manipulation for urban operations
  • Maritime systems for sensing, communication, and exploration

Clients

Boston Engineering has been awarded contracts from agencies including:

  • Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  • Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T)
  • Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
  • U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC)
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)

Our federal contracts include SeaPort-e. Boston Engineering’s ASG team also participates in sponsored research and development (R&D) programs including Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR). Boston Engineering’s ASG team also commercializes products and has received Phase II SBIR/STTR funding to support this effort. We are an ideal partner for primary contractors and other businesses interested in transitioning technologies to the private sector.

Robotics Products

We have applied our electromechanical and robotic expertise to develop products that include:

  • BIOSwimmer is a biologically-inspired UUV with broad commercial and homeland security applications that include inspecting ships, securing ports, and conducting marine maintenance operations.
  • GhostSwimmer is a stealthy, highly maneuverable, and modular biomimetic AUV for various missions in contested, cluttered, or denied environments.
  • V-Wing™ is a stable, towed underwater depressor that transports instruments and sensors thousands of feet under water and transmits data via a connected cable. Broad V-Wing applications include underwater mapping, research, and oceanography.
  • MANEUVER™ is an easily integrated, high-performance hydrodynamic control surface technology that can improve maneuverability, efficiency, or noise characteristics of underwater and surface vehicles.
  • R-LUCID™, a robot-linked user control and interface design, maximizes robot-operator team effectiveness, accelerates operator training, and provides a means for predicting and developing effective human-robot interfaces.
  • AURIS™ is a modular add-on system for UGVs that can open doors autonomously and then conduct in-room operations after ingress. AURIS removes soldiers and first responders from potentially dangerous situations while maintaining the capability of their COTS UGV equipment.

Robotics Industry Involvement

We are active in technology and robotics industry organizations including:

  • Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
  • For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST USA)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC)
  • National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)
  • Robotics Cluster: Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council