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Advanced Replanning and Execution Tools for Heterogeneous Unmanned Systems…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
92581
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N091-082-0313
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 09-082
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Charles River Analytics Inc.
625 Mount Auburn Street Cambridge, MA 02138-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Advanced Replanning and Execution Tools for Heterogeneous Unmanned Systems (ARETHUS)
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-10-C-0289
Award Amount: $499,921.00
 

Abstract:

Advanced automation capabilities and human-computer interfaces are needed to enhance operator situation awareness and reduce the cognitive work of supervising unmanned vehicle teams in complex airspaces. To address this need, we will design, develop, and evaluate Advanced Replanning and Execution Tools for Heterogeneous Unmanned Systems (ARETHUS). Three core attributes characterize our approach. First, we will expand prior analyses of unmanned vehicle operations to address the operator's need for observability and directability of automated planning behaviors when supervising multiple vehicles. Second, we will leverage this analysis to drive the design of: (1) advanced planning algorithms that incorporate both hard domain constraints and soft operator preferences during mission planning and replanning, and (2) ecological mixed-initiative mission displays that enhance operator awareness of the relative safety and efficacy of automated plans, while intuitively conveying affordances for directing the planning process. Third, we will extend existing COTS, GOTS, and in-house planning algorithms, display tools, and simulation environments to rapidly develop working prototypes of ARETHUS component algorithms and mission displays. These prototypes will enable us to demonstrate and evaluate different approaches and therefore truly explore the full range of challenges in managing unmanned vehicles in complex airspaces.

Principal Investigator:

Ryan Kilgore
Senior Scientist
6174913474
rkilgore@cra.com

Business Contact:

Ninos Hanna
Contract Specialist
6174913474
nhanna@cra.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Charles River Analytics Inc.
625 Mount Auburn Street Cambridge, MA 02138

EIN/Tax ID: 042803764
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No