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SWARM INTELLIGENCE AND COMMAND INTERFACE FOR COLLECTIVE OPERATION OF MILITARY…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
52534
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
011VA-1547
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Orbital Research Inc
4415 Euclid Avenue Suite 500 Cleveland, OH 44103-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: SWARM INTELLIGENCE AND COMMAND INTERFACE FOR COLLECTIVE OPERATION OF MILITARY UAV TEAMS
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: F33615-02-C-3222
Award Amount: $742,342.00
 

Abstract:

"Effective coordination of large groups, or "swarms" of Uninhabited Air Vehicles (UAVs) working collaboratively demands the development of control architectures that leverage emergent collective intelligence. Nature, has optimized this behavior. Inparticular, certain insect societies demonstrate an organized "swarm intelligence" beyond the capacity of any individual within their collective to understand. Although possession of similar capabilities would enhance the performance of UAV swarms, thiscannot be achieved without autonomous control strategies successfully dictating interactions between large numbers of UAVs. Further benefit could be achieved if effective tool sets could be developed allowing a single user to control an entire swarmduring battle.In Phase I Orbital Research effectively combined optimal control and emergent behavior to definitively prove the feasibility of utilizing emergent behavior to control UAVs. Algorithms were developed to allow a single operator interface to control theentire swarm. The operator could direct the vehicles and optimize their interactions with simplistic commands.In Phase II, we will further these accomplishments and produce software capable of self- programming swarm behaviors using an innovative combination of fuzzy logic, genetic algorithms, optimal control and emergent behavior. Ultimately, the operator willenter the environmental and vehicle constraints. Then, simple rule based

Principal Investigator:

Ravi Vaidyanathan
Director of Controls Rese
4404495785
raviv@orbitalresearch.com

Business Contact:

Frederick J. Lisy
Vice President
4404495785
lisy@orbitalresearch.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Orbital Research, Inc.
673G, Alpha Drive Cleveland, OH 44143

EIN/Tax ID: 341672688
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No