Friday, August 16, 2013

Defence Rapid Prototyping Program

The Defence Rapid Prototyping, Development  and Evaluation Program (RPDE) is an interesting model for government-industry cooperation on problem solving. The Defence Department pays for industry personnel and academic experts to work on RPDE projects, which aim to come up with quick solutions to problems:
  1. Quicklooks: in less than three months.
  2. Tasks:  delivers a prototype or report in a year to a year and half.
The industry participants of the RPDE are a "whos who" of defense companies. University members include the ANU.

This is similar to some US DARPA programs.

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