David Bruemmer

  • David J. Bruemmer is CEO and Co-Founder of 5D Robotics, Inc. At 5D he works to develop innovations that can impact the future of robotics and enable more intelligent transportation. Bruemmer has led large scale robotics research programs for Army, Navy, Air Force, DARPA, Office of Naval Research and the Department of Energy. Bruemmer has been awarded 14 patents with many others pending, is a winner of the R&D 100 Award and has been recognized as an inventive young engineer by the academy of engineers. Over the past fifteen years, Mr. Bruemmer has developed robotic behaviors for landmine detection, guarded motion, high speed follow and autonomous navigation. At 5D Mr. Bruemmer’s team has developed a novel positioning scheme that enables safe, efficient driving for both manned and unmanned vehicles. Recently, his research has focused on applying unmanned systems technology to the development and commercialization of self-driving kits for segways, golf-carts and other low-speed vehicles that can transport people seamlessly within an ecosystem. He is also pioneering applications for air-ground teaming. He has authored well over 50 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and conference papers on intelligent robotics. Prior to joining 5D, Mr. Bruemmer led a variety of ground vehicle efforts at the Robotics and Human Systems Department of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Mr. Bruemmer enjoyed finding ways to combine emerging science with mature engineering practices to generate innovative technology for the DOE, NASA, and DoD. Many of his projects focused on changing the way robots interact with humans and their environment, increasing mission speed and success. While at the INL he grew the intelligent systems portfolio by a factor of four. His team included a multi-disciplinary group of scientists and engineers including mechanical, electrical and computer engineers, human factors engineers, cognitive psychologists, computer scientists and roboticists. While at the INL, Mr. Bruemmer established contracts and research agreements with more than two dozen universities, a dozen national government labs and over 50 industry partners. Before working at the INL, Mr. Bruemmer served as a consultant to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, where he worked to coordinate development of autonomous robotics technologies across several offices and programs including a variety of humanoid robotics projects.


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