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Automated Wingman

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Department of Defense
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2003 / SBIR
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Soar Technology, Inc.
3600 Green Court Suite 600 Ann Arbor, MI 48105-2588
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Automated Wingman
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911W6-04-C-0005
Award Amount: $729,430.00


An intelligent, synthetic behavior model that simulates the behavior of Army wingmen has the potential to increase flexibility in training FWA and RWA pilots, while reducing the manpower expense necessary to deliver such training. Soar Technology hasextensive experience developing and deploying the types of knowledge-rich intelligent agents that are necessary for such an application, as well as experience deploying such systems as automated wingmen in simulation environments for the US Air Force andUS Navy. M¿K Technologies has developed a robust architecture for simulating realistic training environments, and populating them with vehicle platforms and computer-generated entities. As a team, we propose to create a new integration of these twotechnologies to support an automated wingman and simulation environment to train Army FWA and RWA pilots. The resulting system will provide a usable and useful application, as well as a more general, component-oriented framework that will decreasedevelopment costs of similar training applications in the future.Soar Technology, Inc. will apply the most current work on human cognition and hierarchical control to the problem of creating automated wingman models to train Army FWA and RWA pilots. Soar Technology, Inc. is uniquely qualified to perform the researchrequired to create autonomous synthetic wingmen because of our expertise in cognitive model development, autonomous control of air vehicles, and simulation interface capability. The benefit to the Army will be team training, force magnification, radioprotocol, and coordinated tactics training.The resulting research will be applicable to the immediate military need for interactive training, and also in such commercial tasks as law enforcement, drug traffic control, security, forestry, environmental impact assessment, emergency, and crisisresponse.

Principal Investigator:

Randolph Jones
Chief Scientist

Business Contact:

James Rosbe
Small Business Information at Submission:

3600 Green Court, Suite 600 Ann Arbor, MI 48105

EIN/Tax ID: 383382261
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No