Dr. Roger Lee King
Future Forces Forum
Executive Director, Institute for Computational Research in Science and Engineering
Mississippi State University
Robot Needs Assessment and Issues Discovered from Tactical SWAT Team Exercises
This paper examines the tactical use of robots by SWAT teams as a surrogate for tactical uses by warfighters in an operational theater. Law enforcement officers encounter similar dangerous, challenging, and unknown environments and situations as part of their responsibilities. This is even more evident for members of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams. They are typically called out to serve high-risk arrest and search warrants, to subdue barricaded suspects, to engage with active shooters that may be heavily armed, to rescue hostages, and other similar operations (many tasks similar to urban combat operations). SWAT team officers are trained and equipped with specialized gear that may include assault rifles, breaching equipment, riot control (less-lethal) agents, stun grenades, and sniper rifles. Robots could become a significant force multiplier if SWAT team members are trained with robots and learn their capabilities. This research project explored ways in which robots could be incorporated into a SWAT team as a member of the team and not just another piece of equipment. The project explored potential roles of the robot working with the team and how it could be incorporated in with their existing team model and operations.
Dr. Roger Lee King is Executive Director of the Institute for Computational Research in Science and Engineering (ICRES), a William L. Giles Distinguished professor, and holds the CAVS Endowed Chair in Engineering. King received his BS in electrical engineering from West Virginia University in 1973, a MS in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977, and a doctorate from the University of Wales in the United Kingdom in 1988. As the Executive Director of ICRES, King leads an organization that strives to be a world-class center of excellence for research, technology and education equipped to address engineering challenges facing the nation’s industrial base. Utilizing high performance computational resources and state-of-the-art analytical tools for modeling, simulation, and experimentation, ICRES will provide a distinctive, interdisciplinary environment that will support economic development and outreach activities throughout the State of Mississippi and beyond. The Institute is composed of three MSU research/economic development centers - Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) in Starkville; Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension (CAVS-E) in Canton; and the Institute for Systems Engineering Research (ISER) in Vicksburg. King has served as a Technical Team member for AVT-210, Risk and Reliability Assessment and Validation for Small Spacecraft, AVT-ET-148, Next-Generation NATO Reference Mobility Model (NRMM) Development, and the co-chair of AVT-221, Design and Protection Technologies for Land and Amphibious NATO Vehicles. Awards King has earned include Fellow of IEEE, Honorary Professor at Cardiff University, Academy of Distinguished Alumni of the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, and U.S. Department of the Interior Meritorious Service Award. King belongs to many professional, university and college groups, associations, and committees. He has authored over 250 publications and book chapters, served on editorial boards of journals, and holds 4 patents.