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PointCom: Semi-Autonomous UGV Control with Intuitive Interface

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
74101
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A052-219-2672
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Quantum Signal, LLC
200 N. Ann Arbor St Saline, MI -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: PointCom: Semi-Autonomous UGV Control with Intuitive Interface
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W56HZV-06-C-0056
Award Amount: $69,942.00
 

Abstract:

Unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) will play an important role in the nation's next-generation ground forces. Unmanned systems will perform a wide variety of roles, including robotic mule applications, unarmed/armed reconnaissance, and EOD/IED (improvised explosive device) inspection and disposal. While the future vision for UGVs is one of fully autonomous navigation and control, current-generation UGVs are controlled manually. Manual teleoperation requires substantial attention of one or more soldiers, which is a significant burden. A desirable near-term approach to UGV control is semi-autonomy, which leverages the planning, reasoning, and situational awareness skills of a human operator while taking advantage of a UGV's ability to reliably perform low-level control tasks. Quantum Signal LLC proposes to develop PointCom (Point-and-Go Command): a semi-autonomous command system for one or multiple UGVs. The system will be easy to operate, and will enable significant reduction in operator workload by: 1) Developing an innovative, intuitive image-based control framework for UGV navigation; 2) Allowing a single operator to command formations of multiple UGVs. This system will leverage technology and expertise in robotics, signal/image processing, control, navigation, and commercial video game interfaces. Phase I will focus on research and design of the PointCom system, including tradeoff and feasibility analysis.

Principal Investigator:

Mitchell M. Rohde
Chief Operating Officer
7349940028
rohde@quantumsignal.com

Business Contact:

Mitchell M. Rohde
Chief Operating Officer
7349940028
rohde@quantumsignal.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

QUANTUM SIGNAL, LLC
3741 Plaza Drive, Suite 1 Ann Arbor, MI 48108

EIN/Tax ID: 383456085
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No