AUVSI-Canada launched to promote Canadian unmanned systems capabilities

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 2 May 2008



(2008), "AUVSI-Canada launched to promote Canadian unmanned systems capabilities", Industrial Robot, Vol. 35 No. 3.



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AUVSI-Canada launched to promote Canadian unmanned systems capabilities

Article Type: News From: Industrial Robot: An International Journal, Volume 35, Issue 3.

Representatives from leading Canadian defence companies, the Canadian Government and academia have formed a national trade organization to promote the advancement and global application of Canadian expertise in the growing field of unmanned vehicle systems.

The new organization, known as AUVSI-Canada, affiliated with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), is headquartered in Ottawa and will work to establish regional chapters. Its primary focus is to increase awareness of Canada's leading-edge research and capabilities in fielding state-of-the-art technologies and systems in the rapidly growing area of unmanned vehicle systems.

The formation of AUVSI-Canada is a very important step in bringing together organizations with a common purpose in strengthening Canada's position as a leading developer of unmanned systems solutions and promoting them to potential customers and partners around the world. It also links Canada to AUVSI's initiative to network the global unmanned vehicle systems industry. “Canada will become the model that we use to create similar organizations in Australia, Europe and Asia in an effort to develop stronger ties among the leading organizations in unmanned systems around the world,” said Daryl Davidson, Executive Director of AUVSI.

An advisory committee has been established to guide the start-up of AUVSI-Canada including its incorporation and development of its charter, governance structure and business plan.

AUVSI is the world's largest non- profit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems community. AUVSI's 5,000 members worldwide come from government organizations, industry and academia. AUVSI is committed to fostering, developing, and promoting unmanned systems and related technologies and is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, USA.

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