Naval Surface Warfare Center - Panama City

Naval Surface Warfare Center - Panama City

Only U.S. citizens will be considered for positions at this lab. No Dual Citizens will be considered for this facility.

Each student must secure their own transportation. Due to the secure nature of the Naval Facility, individuals without access will not be permitted on base. Therefore, students must be able to drive themselves or carpool to work with someone that has base access.

Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City (NSWC PC) is the U.S. Navy’s premier research and development organization focused on littoral warfare and expeditionary warfare. It is the principal repository of the national expertise in these areas that are absolutely critical to the future of Navy and Marine Corps operations. This expertise is based upon a diverse technical workforce.

A unique feature of NSWC PC that is unduplicated in the United States is the natural operating environment provided by the ready access to the Gulf of Mexico and its associated littoral and coastal regions. It is this characteristic, coupled with the synergistic nature of the organization mission areas, that sets NSWC Panama City apart from other R&D activities. The Gulf of Mexico provides a surrogate environment for most of the littoral areas of the world in which the Navy will find itself operating for the foreseeable future.  




Sensing Technologies:  Basic and applied research in acoustic, electromagnetic, and electro-optic sensing technologies as well as in signal and digital image processing.  This includes modeling/predictions of physical phenomena in underwater and airborne environments, experimental/theoretical characterization of sensors and targets, development of prototype sensors/instrumentation to support experiments and validate models and system concepts, development of image processing techniques for Automated Target Recognition, development of in-situ and post mission analysis tools supporting multi-sensor fusion and co-registration techniques, and implementation of advanced processing algorithms in embedded real-time hardware.

Hydromechanics: Dynamics and interaction of single and multiple vehicles, both towed and free-swimming; prediction of nonlinear hydrodynamic forces and moments using rational and analytical methods; dynamic and control of cable-body systems; wake generation and evolution of three-dimensional turbulent wakes partially bounded by a free surface.

Control Systems: Autonomous navigation, guidance, and control of unmanned vehicles; system identification software to implement standard parameter estimation methods; extended kalman filter for design and analysis of multi sensor navigation systems; high speed/parallel processing architectures and algorithms.

Automated Target Recognition (ATR): Computer assisted detection/classification algorithm development; advanced neural network design and neural network architecture/training optimization; morphologically based image processing; image compression/storage/display; high speed/parallel processing architectures and algorithms; automated algorithm development. Emphasis is placed on signals and images collected using sonars, optical sensors, and magnetic sensors.

Unmanned Systems Technology:  Basic and applied research with application to air, land, sea surface, and sub-sea surface unmanned vehicles operating in a wide variety of coastal environments, communication links to single and multiple vehicles, navigation, guidance and control, cooperative behaviors, optimal path planning, common control standards, multi-sensor payloads, autonomous launch and recovery, and automated tools to reduce sailor workload.

Applied Engineering:  Mechanical, electrical, electronics, computer, software and systems engineering to support developmental and in-service programs in mine warfare, expeditionary warfare, naval special warfare and diving; operational field testing and evaluation; modeling and simulation 

Life Sciences:  Behavioral studies in support of human factors analysis of military divers and diving equipment

Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis (MSA) supports requirements analysis, concept selection, concept development, systems engineering and integration, tactics development, certification, training, and sustainment in multiple warfare areas including mine and expeditionary maneuver warfare.