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Company Information:

Company Name:
Robotic Research LLC
Address:
555 Quince Orchard Road
Suite 300
Gaithersburg, MD 20878-
Phone:
(240) 631-0008
URL:
EIN:
270030984
DUNS:
121257443
Number of Employees:
23
Woman-Owned?:
No
Minority-Owned?:
Yes
HUBZone-Owned?:
No

Commercialization:

Has been acquired/merged with?:
N/A
Has had Spin-off?:
N/A
Has Had IPO?:
N/A
Year of IPO:
N/A
Has Patents?:
N/A
Number of Patents:
N/A
Total Sales to Date $:
$ 0.00
Total Investment to Date $
$ 0.00
POC Title:
N/A
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Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,539,344.52 25
SBIR Phase II $7,521,479.17 10
STTR Phase I $359,777.00 4
STTR Phase II $749,762.00 1

Award List:

Efficient Structure from Motion for 3d Reconstruction of Static Background and Moving Targets

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Alberto Lacaze, President
Research Institution:
JET PROPOULSION LABORATORY
RI Contact:
Robert S. Cox
Abstract:
Modern munitions need the ability to track moving targets with passive sensors. This requires a 3D reconstruction of both the background scene and moving objects. Normally this is done with stereo vision to generate a 3-D scene. Unfortunately, the use of paired cameras on munitions is difficult… More

Urban Mapping and Positioning System (UMAPS)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,962.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Charles Shoemaker, Senior Program Manager
Abstract:
Urban areas present one of the most challenging combat environments for U.S. soldiers. One of the key problems in urban combat is situational awareness and knowledge of the terrain. Soldiers usually have no knowledge of building layouts and floorplans. More significantly, as this information is… More

An Affective-Computing Control Paradigm for Autonomous Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,999.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Charles Shoemaker, Senior Program Manager
Abstract:
Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) and Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) are assuming an increasingly important role in military operations. They provide effective platforms for performing missions while reducing risk to military personnel. Ultimately, the level of success achieved by UGVs and USVs… More

Autonomous, Cooperative Behavior Amongst Unmanned Surface Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,942.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Charles Shoemaker, Senior Program Manager
Abstract:
In the future, the U.S. Navy will likely use unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) as an integral part of the Navy's transformation to a networked, more agile force. Navy planners see USVs operating extensively in ocean, littoral (coastal), and riverine areas. USVs are less vulnerable operating on the… More

Collaborative and Shared Control of Unmanned Vehicle Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Charles Shoemaker, Senior Program Manager
Abstract:
Technologies for Human-Robotic Interactions (HRI) currently are not designed for, and do not adequately support, dynamic teaming and Command & Control (C2) interaction paradigms in distributed, manned-unmanned teaming environments to a degree routinely exhibited by well-trained and experienced… More

Three Dimensional planning of safe routes

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,982.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Alberto Lacaze, President
Abstract:
Unique challenges exist for U.S. and allied forces within post-conflict areas controlled by hostile forces. Route planning through an area where the customs, lifestyles and social norms are not thoroughly understood presents one of the challenges for these forces. The proposed solution utilizes a… More

Operator-aided Autonomous Recovery System (OARS)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,937.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Karl Murphy, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The U.S. Navy's plans for addressing asymmetric threats of the twenty-first century relies heavily on Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) and manned Organic Offboard Vehicles (OOVs) for reconnaissance, force protection, mine detection, special operations, anti-submarine warfare (ASW), and intelligence… More

Multi-vehicle Planning and Coordination (MPAC) System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$442,014.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Karl Murphy, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
In the future, the U.S. Navy will likely use unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) as an integral part of the Navy's transformation to a networked, more agile force. Navy planners see USVs operating extensively in ocean, littoral (coastal), and riverine areas. USVs are less vulnerable operating on the… More

Urban Mapping and Positioning System (UMAPS)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$729,944.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Charles Shoemaker, Senior Program Manager
Abstract:
Urban areas present one of the most challenging combat environments for U.S. soldiers. One of the key problems in urban combat is situational awareness and knowledge of the terrain. Soldiers usually have no knowledge of building layouts and floorplans. More significantly, as this information is… More

Operator-aided Autonomous Recovery System (OARS)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$399,970.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Karl Murphy, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The U.S. Navy's plans for addressing asymmetric threats of the twenty-first century relies heavily on Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) and manned Organic Offboard Vehicles (OOVs) for reconnaissance, force protection, mine detection, special operations, anti-submarine warfare (ASW), and intelligence… More

Multi-sensor Detection and Tracking using Traversability Based Prediction

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$98,923.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Alberto Lacaze, President
Abstract:
In order for fully autonomous robots to be integrated effectively into small combat teams, unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) must maneuver safely and intelligently among military ground forces and non-combatants. To achieve such robust obstacle detection capability in unstructured environments, it is… More

Three Dimensional Dynamic Environments Path Planner (3DDEPP)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$98,923.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Alberto Lacaze, President
Abstract:
Planning with dynamic entities is at the core of the "safe ops" risk identified by FCS' Autonomous Navigation System (ANS) and other robotic programs. Autonomous robotic systems will not be extensively deployed unless they can safely operate in environments sharing spaces with other dynamic… More

Cooperative Control of Small Unmanned Assets (CCSU

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,936.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Alberto Lacaze, President
Abstract:
A robust surveillance solution that harnesses the full potential of SUGVs and UAVs has yet to be created. Rather, much of the emphasis of current research is toward refining individual systems. Without a proper collaborative system, creation of a "sum is greater than the parts" solution is… More

Teleoperation Of Robots Improvement System (TORIS)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,961.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Alberto Lacaze, President
Abstract:
Teleoperated robotic systems are characterized by a lack of situational awareness, and the effects of delays and poor communications. Control of Samll Unmanned Ground Vehicles SUGVs in cluttered environments requires fine control of the platform to avoid obstacles, and align the platforms with… More

Cooperative Control of Small Unmanned Assets (CCSUA)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$729,951.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Alberto Lacaze, President
Abstract:
Multiple classes of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) are required to complete many modern, complex missions. Just as with humans, UGVs typically specialize in a small subset of critical tasks. Most work with UGV systems is based around the principle of making a platform optimally perform its tasks.… More

Autonomous Indoor Mapping and Modeling

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$119,885.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Karl Murphy, Investigator
Abstract:
This project aims to create the Autonomy and Visualization Enhancement for Situational Awareness (AVESA) toolkit. AVESAf?Ts goal is to combine greater autonomy with accurate 3D mapping and visualization capabilities for use on Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (SUGVs) in urban environments, providing… More

Cooperative Control of Small Unmanned Assets (CCSUA)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$1,531,927.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Alberto Lacaze, President – (240) 631-0008
Abstract:
Multiple classes of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) are required to complete many modern, complex missions. Just as with humans, UGVs typically specialize in a small subset of critical tasks. Most work with UGV systems is based around the principle of making a platform optimally perform its tasks.… More

Mobility Optimization via Enhanced Robotic Sensing (MOVERS)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,931.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Karl Kluge, Senior Engineer – (240) 631-0008
Research Institution:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
RI Contact:
Douglas Gilbertson
Abstract:
Robotic Research in partnership with Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) proposes to develop the Mobility Optimization via Enhanced Robotic Sensing (MOVERS) system for any two-wheeled, four-wheeled or tracked robotic platform to autonomously perform hazardous terrain detection and classification and… More

SCAFLE - Self Calibrating, Adaptive, Fused LIDAR/EO Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,984.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Karl Kluge, Senior Engineer – (240) 631-0008
Research Institution:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
RI Contact:
Douglas Gilbertson
Abstract:
The ability to fuse electro-optical (EO) imagery with range data enhances the robustness of unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) autonomy by allowing discrimination between types of terrain that cannot be distinguished on the basis of geometry alone (non-traversable mud vs. dry soil, non-traversable rocks… More

TRIBE(Toolbox for Robots with Intelligent Behavior Engine)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,777.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Alberto Lacaze, President – (240) 631-0008
Abstract:
Small unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) have provided an invaluable tool to the warfighter by saving lives and supplies while increasing mission effectiveness. As with most emerging technologies, early adopters have been focused on immediate improvements rather than the long term growth or plug and… More

Autonomy and Visualization Enhancement for Situational Awareness (AVESA) Toolkit

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$725,219.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Alberto Lacaze, President – (240) 631-0008
Abstract:
Robotic Research, LLC proposes to continue work on the Autonomy and Visualization Enhancement for Situational Awareness (AVESA) toolkit. The goal of the AVESA toolkit project is to combine greater autonomy with accurate mapping and visualization capabilities for use on any small UGV. In Phase II we… More

Swarm Robotic Sensing Platform for Search and Rescue

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,670.52
Agency:
DHS
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
Teleoperation is the most commonly used method for controlling Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (SUGV) into areas that are too dangerous or constrained for humans or canines to explore. These SUGVs provide cameras and sensors that provide situational awareness to the operators. However, as the… More

Mobility Optimization via Enhanced Robotic Sensing (MOVERS)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / STTR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,762.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Karl Kluge, Senior Engineer – (240) 631-0008
Research Institution:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
RI Contact:
Douglas Gilbertson
Abstract:
Mobility Optimization via Enhanced Robotic Sensing (MOVERS) is being developed by Robotic Research, LLC and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology. This Phase II STTR will further develop autonomous terrain classification and driving control systems that enable… More

Firestorm Interpretation Layer (FIL) and Firestorm Application Repository System (FARS)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$147,590.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Alberto Lacaze, President – (240) 631-0008
Abstract:
Smart phones, tablets, and laptops can allow soldiers to connect, share relevant data, receive feedback, display apriori mission information, and much more while remaining small enough to be carried during a mission. However, one of the biggest issues in integrating new technologies and… More

Multi-vehicle OCU for Control and Awareness (MOCA)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,924.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Alberto Lacaze, President – (240) 631-0008
Abstract:
This project will develop an operator control unit (OCU) which is capable of simultaneously controlling a heterogeneous mix of autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles, both land and air, with varying capabilities, and while avoiding operator overload. Current control units suffer from three… More

TARGET Trackless Adversarial Robots for Ground Engagement Training

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,713.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Alberto Lacaze, President – (240) 631-0008
Abstract:
Robotic Research, LLC, proposes to address the above shortfalls in the live training environment by developing Trackless Adversarial Robots for Ground Engagement Training (TARGET), an autonomous multi-vehicle system that is capable of intelligent, coordinated behavior across varying terrain types… More

Technology Enhancement for Robust and Reliable Absolute Navigation (TERRANav)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,902.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Alberto Lacaze, President – (240) 631-0008
Abstract:
This proposal will create a robust, low-cost multi-sensor navigation system for AUGVs called the Technology Enhancement for Robust and Reliable Absolute Navigation (TERRANav). TERRANav will integrate inertial, magnetic, EO/IR, and LIDAR sensors with a priori databases to reduce absolute localization… More

Teleoperation Of Robots Improvement System (TORIS)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$727,212.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Alberto Lacaze, President – (240) 631-0008
Abstract:
Control of SUGVs in cluttered environments requires fine control of the platform to avoid obstacles, and align the platforms with doorways or stairways. On larger UGVs, speed is normally paramount for mission success, and communication delays can cause control instabilities that often result in… More

Immersive Vision, Data Fusion and Threat Awareness for Enhanced Sensor-to-Shooter Engagement/Targeting

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$148,566.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Alberto Lacaze, President – (240) 631-0008
Abstract:
Robotic Research, LLC, proposes to develop the Modeling And Perception for HAndheld Computers (MAPHAC) system, which consists of real-time 3D sensing, processing, and display tools for todays computers and smart phones. MAPHACs long-term vision is to provide timely and accurate video game-like… More

Sensor-Smart Affordable Autonomous Robotic Platforms (SAARP)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$693,232.17
Agency:
DHS
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
Sensor-smart Affordable Autonomous Robotic Platforms (SAARP) is developing low cost autonomous robotic platforms to perform searching, mapping, and navigation tasks with minimal operator interaction. These inexpensive robotic platforms can quickly be deployed by first responders to provide a wide… More

MODULAR AEROSTAT COMMUNICATIONS RELAY (MACREL)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,669.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Karl Murphy, Senior Engineer – (240) 631-0008
Abstract:
Robotic Research LLC in an exclusive partnership with Carolina Unmanned Systems (CUV) and Unmanned Systems International Corporation (UnSysCorp), is developing the Modular Aerostat Communications Relay system (MACRel). MACRel is a system for deployment and recovery of a Lightweight Aerostat System… More

LOADING FOR NAVAL RESUPPLY FOR DEPLOYMENT (LNRD)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,530.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Alberto Lacaze, President – (240) 631-0008
Abstract:
The objective for Phase I of this effort is to develop a design for an advanced mission payload handling system that provides the combined functionality of a pallet jack, fork truck, and an overhead gantry crane. The proposed mission payload handling system, Loading for Naval Resupply Division… More

MAPHAC Modeling And Perception for HAndheld Computers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$999,506.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Karl Murphy, Principal Investigator – (240) 631-0008
Abstract:
Robotic Research, LLC, proposes to develop the Modeling And Perception for HAndheld Computers (MAPHAC) system, which consists of real-time 3D sensing, processing, and display tools for today"s computers and smart phones. MAPHAC"s long-term vision is to provide timely and… More

LEARNING-BASED APPROACH FOR RELEVANT DATA EXTRACTION (LARDE)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,862.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Alberto Lacaze, President – (240) 631-0008
Research Institution:
Southwest Research Institute
RI Contact:
Michael Ladika
Abstract:
Autonomous systems continue to be outfitted with larger amounts of sensors that are capable of collecting extremely large amounts of data over the course of a mission. Even autonomous systems with high storage capacities can run into storage limitations when burdened with large amounts of sensor… More

ROADSIDE OBSCURED OBJECT DETECTION (ROOD)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,497.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Karl Kluge, Principle Investigator – (240) 631-0008
Abstract:
The ability to detect IEDs is important because they pose a significant threat to ground forces, and are becoming a common tactical weapon around the world. According to the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) in its 2010 Annual Report,"IEDs continued to be the main… More

Firestorm Interpretation Layer (FIL) and Firestorm Application Repository System (FARS)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$542,504.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Alberto Lacaze, President – (240) 631-0008
Abstract:
The main goal of the FIL-FARS program is to work on methods to maintain and monitor compatibility between the Robotic Research OCU and Firestorm. Both the OCU and Firestorm are constantly evolving, making it difficult to maintain compatibility between the two systems. The Firestorm Interface Layer… More

Simplified 3D World Generation (S3WG)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,964.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Alberto Lacaze, President – (240) 631-0008
Abstract:
Robotic Research, LLC, (RR) proposes to create the Simplified 3D World Generation (S3WG)Plugin, which can be applied to Virtual BattleSpace 2 (VBS2), a training tool for military, law enforcement, first responders, and others in federal, state, and local government.This tool provides realistic… More

WINCH EQUIPMENT FOR SURGE SUPPRESSION (WESS)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,964.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Karl Murphy, PI – (240) 631-0008
Abstract:
The objective for Phase I of WESS is to investigate a constant force winch system for use on an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) as part of the Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS). The UISS provides a semi-autonomous minesweeping function with both stand-off and long endurance. The AN/AWS-10A sonar… More

Ranging Inertial Motion Capture (RIMC) System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,253.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Alberto Lacaze, President – (240) 631-0008
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: It is often desirable to track over time the position and posture of a human body in 3D space. Current state of the art relies in motion capture technologies, such as Vicon. While these technologies are extremely accurate, they are also expensive, take substantial time to install, and… More

Safe Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles for Installations SAUVI

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$148,875.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Alberto Lacaze, President – (240) 631-0008
Abstract:
Robotic Research, LLC proposes Safe Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles for Installations (SAUVI) as a comprehensive surveillance tool suite that will be used for real-time persistent surveillance needs, historical analysis of the site, and post incident discovery and tracking tool. This proposal is… More