UMBC and NXTKey Sign MOU to promote Emerging Technology Solutions

September 1st, 2023 – University of Maryland, Baltimore County (“UMBC”) and NXTKey Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) to promote Emerging Technology Solutions , Conduct Collaborative and Sponsored Research Projects, Engage in Technology Transfer and Develop relationships with vendors/sponsors. This collaborative initiative will be driven through the Center for Realtime Distributed Sensing and Autonomy (CARDS) department within UMBS which was established in 2021 to develop cutting edge technologies towards the betterment of society and field robotics. The vision of UMBC CARDS is to advance AI-based autonomy in order to deliver safe, effective, and resilient new capabilities across a variety of complex mission types, including search-and-rescue, persistent surveillance, managing, adapting and optimizing smart, connected robots and machinery, and augmenting humans in performing complex analytical and decision-making tasks.

Some of the focus areas will be in the area of

  • AI and Autonomy
  • Cyber security
  • Quantum Computing
  • Swarm Robotics (Multi-Robot Coordination)
  • Smart City (Duckie town)
  • Object detection and Classification
  • Millimeter Wave Radar
  • Spot Robot Navigation Modalities