ARL West Open House and Ribbon Cutting

April 13, 2016 | USC Institute for Creative Technologies

Speaker: C.L. Max Nikias, USC President; Maj. Gen. John F. Wharton, RDECOM Commanding General; Dr. Thomas P. Russell, Director U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Host: U.S. Army Research Lab and USC

ARL West, part of the open campus initiative, is an effort to co-locate Army research and development personnel on the West Coast in order to gain access to subject matter experts, technical centers and universities not well represented on the East Coast. Closer collaboration with universities, start-ups and established companies working in simulation and training, electronics, information science, intelligent systems, human-system interaction, etc. will directly benefit the Soldier and enhance educational pursuits. This initiative ensures our nation’s future strength and competitiveness in critical scientific engineering and the creative fields.

While technology has enabled telecommuting and working together despite distance and different time-zones, this digital collaboration cannot replace the deeper connectivity and in-the-moment brainstorming that happens when people work side-by-side. Housing ARL researchers, related staff, and others at the USC ICT facility will provide a foundation to fuel innovative teamwork on these tasks. The co-location will create more face-to-face collaboration between researchers, academic institutions, students and local industry experts, where this interaction leads to better solutions and faster impact.

A collage of groups will be represented at ARL West with backgrounds in areas such as computational sciences, sensors and human factors. The Department of Defense has had limited engagement with the small technology start-ups and the venture capitalists on the West Coast. The relationship ARL has with the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, University of California, Santa Barbara and Stanford University opens up opportunities to collaborate with a new set of innovators.

An open house and ribbon-cutting will be held on Tuesday, April 13. This is an invitation-only event.