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Multiagent Adjustable Autonomy Framework (MAAF) for Robot-Human Teams…

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Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
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2008 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Perceptronics Solutions, Inc.
3527 Beverly Glen Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Multiagent Adjustable Autonomy Framework (MAAF) for Robot-Human Teams Performing Specialized Tactical Maneuvers
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-08-C-0296
Award Amount: $749,999.00


This proposal from Perceptronics Solutions, the USC Computer Science Department's TEAMCORE Group and SAIC's Integrated Mission & Simulation Systems (IMSS) is for Phase II continuation of their SBIR Phase I project for an Multiagent Adjustable Autonomy Framework (MAAF) for multi-robot, multi-human teams performing specialized tactical maneuvers. The challenge addressed in this SBIR project is how to exploit fully the unique capabilities of heterogeneous teams composed of a mixture of Robots, Agents or Persons (RAPs); that is, how to improve the safety, efficiency, reliability and cost of achieving mission goals while maintaining dynamic adaptation to the unique limitations and contingencies of a real-world operating environment. Our response to this challenge is to create a new infrastructure that will facilitate cooperative and collaborative performance of human and robots as equal team partners through the application of advances in goal-oriented, multiagent planning and coordination technology. At the heart of our approach is the USC TEAMCORE Group's Machinetta, a state-of-the-art robot proxy framework with adjustable autonomy (Schurr et al 2005). Machinetta facilitates robot-human role allocation decisions and collaborative sharing of team tasks in the non-deterministic and unpredictable military environment through the use of a domain-independent teamwork model that supports flexible teamwork.

Principal Investigator:

Amos Freedy

Business Contact:

Gershon Weltman
Vice President
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3527 Beverly Glen Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

EIN/Tax ID: 421560694
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No