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MOBILE ROBOTS DIFFER FROM CONVENTIONAL VEHICLES IN THAT THEY ARE DRIVEN BY…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
3813
Program Year/Program:
1986 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
3813
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Cybermation Inc.
5457 Jae Valley Road Roanoke, VA 24014
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1986
Title: MOBILE ROBOTS DIFFER FROM CONVENTIONAL VEHICLES IN THAT THEY ARE DRIVEN BY COMPUTERS AND NOT BY HUMANS.
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $46,433.00
 

Abstract:

MOBILE ROBOTS DIFFER FROM CONVENTIONAL VEHICLES IN THAT THEY ARE DRIVEN BY COMPUTERS AND NOT BY HUMANS. THIS FACT HAS PROFOUND IMPLICATIONS BEARING ON THE BASIC DESIGN OF THE VEHICULAR PART OF THE ROBOT. HUMAN DRIVERS HAVE EXCELLENT SENSORY CAPABILITIES WHICH ARE THOROUGHLY INTEGRATED TO A HIERARCHIAL, SELF RESTRUCTURING NERVOUS SYSTEM. TODAY'S TECHNOLOGY CAN PROVIDE MOBILE ROBOTS WITH ONLY A SHADOW OF THESE CAPACITIES. BEFORE BEGINNING TO STUDY THE BASIC STRUCTURES OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, SENSORY INTEGRATION, AND CONTROL IT IS ESSENTIAL TO FIRST STRIP AWAY ALL UNNECESSARY ENCUMBERMENTS POSED BY THE VEHICLE AND ITS SUPPORT SYSTEM. AT THIS POINT, A LARGE NUMBER OF MOBILE ROBOT RESEARCH PROJECTS HAVE BEEN UNDERTAKEN, AND A WEALTH OF PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE IS SPREAD AMONG THESE GROUPS. CYBERMATION, AS ONE OF THE FIRST MANUFACTURERS OF INDUSTRIAL QUALITY MOBILE ROBOTS, HAS ALSO GAINED SIGNIFICANT INSIGHTS INTO THE REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCH MACHINES. A STUDY IS PROPOSED THAT WILL CANVAS AS MANY EXPERIENCED GROUPS AS POSSIBLE, IN ORDER TO DETERMINE THE IDEAL CHARACTERISTICS FOR A RESEARCH VEHICLE. THESE CHARACTERISTICS WILL THEN BE USED TO GENERATE A DESIGN SPECIFICATION FOR AN OPTIMAL PLATFORM.

Principal Investigator:

John m holland
7039822641

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Cybermation Inc
5457 Jae Valley Rd Roanoke, VA 24014

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No