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A JAUS-Compliant Self-Contained Autonomous Control Unit for UGVs

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
74102
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A052-219-2888
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
MOBILE INTELLIGENCE CORP.
13620 Merriman Road Livonia, MI -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: A JAUS-Compliant Self-Contained Autonomous Control Unit for UGVs
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W56HZV-06-C-0578
Award Amount: $730,000.00
 

Abstract:

We propose building an open architecture, JAUS-compliant, bolt-on controller for unmanned ground robots that provides autonomous operations in collaboration with the human operator. This will be delivered in two ways: First, as a "black box" that can be mounted on any JAUS-compliant platform and take control to provide autonomous capabilities. Second, as a suite of C++ packages with documented APIs that can be used in other DoD systems to incorporate capabilities from this project, all or in part. The Autonomous Control Unit's capabilities will include: "Follow Me" where the robot follows the operator, "Follow That" follows a soldier or vehicle, "Go There" drives to a location marked on an image viewed from the robot's navigation camera, and "Follow Path" follows a path sketched on a navigation camera image. The system will also recognize a set of standard military hand signals to visually engage and control the "Follow Me" behavior. The user interface is built on the open-source GTK+ graphics library, under Linux and Windows. It communicates with the ACU over standard TCP/IP, using an open, documented, communications protocol. This will allow easily porting the OCU to other systems, or replacing it with an existing user interface.

Principal Investigator:

Douglas C. MacKenzie
President
7343670430
doug@mobile-intelligence.com

Business Contact:

Karen B. MacKenzie
Vice President
7343670430
karen@mobile-intelligence.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MOBILE INTELLIGENCE CORP.
33150 Schoolcraft Road Livonia, MI 48150

EIN/Tax ID: 383147215
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No