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Affect-Influenced Control of Unmanned Vehicle Systems

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
83096
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O063-UM7-4005
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 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Affect-Influenced Control of Unmanned Vehicle Systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: N00014-07-M-0147
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

We propose applying recent research in cognitive models of affective behavior to create a system able to modulate the actions of unmanned vehicles in both gross and subtle ways. Using the new interface, instead of simply specifying controller parameters or cost functions, the operators will adjust affective parameters, which will influence the performance of the vehicle(s) over the life of the mission. These intuitive, high-level affective settings such as aggressiveness, stealthiness, and tenacity will allow the operator to set the mission characteristics at a very abstract level. A major thrust of this project will be to develop approaches and techniques to convey a clear and valid understanding to the operator and embody them in the form of a transparent graphical user interface and performance simulator. The software architecture will consist of two major systems, an operator interface component and an embedded control component which can be added to existing unmanned vehicle autonomy system. Both long- and short-term time-varying affective phenomena, such as traits, moods, attitudes, and emotions, will allow the system to provide performance consistent with varying situations. An initial prototype will be developed during Phase I to allow evaluating the overall feasibility of the approach.

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 Suite 108 Livonia, MI 48150

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