H. R. (Bart) Everett is a retired U.S. Navy commander and Technical Director for Robotics at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) in San Diego. In 1986, he established a pioneering in-house government program in robotic science and technology at this location, then the Naval Ocean Systems Center.
Active in the field of robotics for over 35 years, he has served in this position as Technical Director for the Idaho National Laboratory’s Advanced Unmanned Systems Development Program, Technical Director for the Army’s Mobile Detection Assessment Response System (MDARS) robotic security program, and Chief Engineer for the USMC Ground Air TeleRobotic System (GATERS) program. He was previously assigned as Director of the Office of Robotics and Autonomous Systems (SEA 90G), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in Washington, DC (1982-1986), with collateral duty as Special Assistant for Robotics for Vice Admiral Earl Fowler, COMNAVSEA.
Everett received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1973, followed by a master’s in mechanical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1982, where he developed the world’s first security robot, the fully autonomous ROBART I. With subsequent involvement in over 100 robotic development efforts with an emphasis on sensors and autonomy, he has 20 related patents issued or pending, and has published more than 125 technical papers and reports.
He is the author of three books with three more in progress, serves on the Editorial Board for Robotics and Autonomous Systems magazine, and is a member of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), and the Coast Defense Study Group (CDSG).