MERC Awarded AFRL Interactive Maintenance Technical Support Tool Contract

WARNER ROBINS, GEORGIA (June 29, 2015) The Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson AFB, OH, awarded MERC a research contract to develop an Interactive Maintenance Technical Support tool.

The tool will integrate a wearable display device, video conferencing technology, and computer vision algorithms to provide a new capability for aircraft maintainers. The final product will allow maintainers to communicate directly with remotely located technical support experts using audio and video technology to receive detailed instructions, complete non-standard repairs, and restore weapon systems to mission capable status.


About Mercer Engineering Research Center

Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) is the research and applied engineering arm of Mercer University, a private university founded in 1833. For over 175 years the University has served Georgia as a highly-respected educational institution. In 1984, the School of Engineering was established at the Macon, Georgia campus, with the charter class beginning studies in 1985.

Two years later, in 1987, the Mercer Engineering Research Center was established under the School of Engineering to provide locally available engineering and scientific services and critical specialized technical skills. Today, MERC functions as a non-profit operating unit of the University, with the Executive Director, Dr. David Barwick, reporting directly to the University president, Mr. William D. Underwood.

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