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Visually Guided Robotic Hand / Eye Coordination

Award Information

Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
DARPA 09-005
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
MD Suite 500 Greenbelt, MD 20770-1423
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Visually Guided Robotic Hand / Eye Coordination
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-10-C-0067
Award Amount: $99,000.00


The term "robot," coined by Karel Capek in the play R.U.R., implies "compulsory labor," yet most mobile robots in existence today are only capable of the lightest of labor. Of course, a robot is just a pile of parts without the advanced perception, planning, and control systems needed to make it perform useful work reliably in an unstructured environment. When done correctly, however, it will yield the "Universal Worker" that Capek envisioned 90 years ago. The need for such a universal worker robot is compelling and the opportunities for application of the technology are endless, from exploring and manipulating hazardous environments to sorting inventory, or eventually even construction. Vecna proposes a prototype robotic system based on numerous innovations from ongoing research in hydraulics, perception, planning and controls that will be able to adequately perform the specified tasks (type, drum, juggle, use tools, and thread a needle). The hypothesis to be tested is that a hydraulics-based robotic system can achieve the strength, dexterity, maneuverability, speed, and precision that are called for in this solicitation when integrated with an advanced robotic vision and planning control system.

Principal Investigator:

Andreas Hofmann
Director of Machine Learning R&D

Business Contact:

Michael Bearman
Vice President and General Counsel
Small Business Information at Submission:

Vecna Technologies Inc.
6404 Ivy Lane Suite 500 Greenbelt, MD 20770

EIN/Tax ID: 522152399
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No