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Company Information:

Name: Traclabs, Inc.
Address: 100 Northeast Loop 410
Suite 520
San Antonio, TX 78216-6363
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
Phone: (832) 415-4407

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,902,433.00 26
SBIR Phase II $10,309,824.00 16
STTR Phase I $902,099.00 9
STTR Phase II $1,895,809.00 3

Award List:

Building a coherent world view from sensory data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: David Kortenkamp, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $98,770.00
Abstract:
The number of sensors mounted on unmanned vehicles, satellites, surveillance cameras, etc. continues to grow. These sensors offer a wealth of data, but converting these sensors into a coherent, symbolic world view that is relevant to the task-at-hand is a challenge. TRACLabs Inc. is proposing to… More

A Data Abstraction Architecture for Spacecraft Autonomy

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David S. Kortenkamp, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,676.00
Abstract:
Spacecraft generate huge amounts of data. A significant challenge for both human operators and autonomous control systems is ensuring that the right data (and combinations of data) are available at the right time for control and decision-making and ensuring that the data is at the right abstraction… More

A Software Framework for Coordinating Human-Robot Teams

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Debra L. Schrechenghost, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,869.00
Abstract:
Robots are expected to fulfill an important role in manned exploration operations. They can reduce the risk of crew EVA and improve crew productivity on routine tasks. They can be supervised locally by astronauts or remotely by ground control. In a sense, robots will become members of the… More

A Field Reconfigurable Manipulator for Rovers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert L. Burridge, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,985.00
Abstract:
Robots will be precursors to human exploration of the lunar surface. They will be expected to prepare the lunar surface for human habitation as well as conduct scientific investigations. As humans arrive the robots should be able to shift to providing direct assistance to human exploration… More

Enhancing NASA's Procedure Representation Language to Support Planning Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Russell Bonasso, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,908.00
Abstract:
Automation and autonomy are key elements in realizing the vision for space exploration. The NASA Exploration Technology Development Program (ETDP) has been developing a procedure representation language (PRL) that both captures the form of traditional procedures and allows for automatic translation… More

A Software Framework for Coordinating Human-Robot Teams

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Debra Schreckenghost, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,846.00
Abstract:
Robots are expected to fulfill an important role in manned exploration operations. They will perform precursor missions to pre-position resources for manned missions. They will assist astronauts in site preparation, buildup, and maintenance of a lunar outpost. To support these roles, new forms of… More

A Data Abstraction Architecture for Spacecraft Autonomy

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David Kortenkamp, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,740.00
Abstract:
The new Constellation vehicles, habitats and robots will be highly sensored and generate large amounts of data. For this data to be useful to humans monitoring these systems and to automated algorithms controlling these systems it will need to be converted into more abstract data. This abstracted… More

A Field Reconfigurable Manipulator for Rovers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert Burridge, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,481.00
Abstract:
Robotic systems will be deeply integrated into future human exploration of the lunar surface. Prior to human arrival, they will conduct scientific investigations, explore potential habitation sites, prepare infrastructure, and construct the necessary facilities for human occupation and activity.… More

Embedding Procedure Assistance into Mission Control Tools

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David Kortenkamp, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,370.00
Abstract:
Procedures are the accepted means of commanding spacecraft. Procedures encode the operational knowledge of a system as derived from system experts, testing, training and experience. NASA has tens of thousands of procedures for Space Shuttle and the International Space Station, which are used daily… More

Autonomous Mission Management for Satellite Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Kortenkamp, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $99,932.00
Abstract:
Satellite intelligence information is being used increasingly for real-time operations. This requires satellites that can be quickly tasked for new objectives and that can respond to opportunistic situations. Unfortunately, today''''s satellites rely on ground operators to control them. This means… More

Semantic Summarization for Context Aware Manipulation of Data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Carnegie Mellon University - Silicon Valley
Principal Investigator: Debra Schreckenghost, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,530.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
Intelligent robots for planetary exploration produce a wealth of information ýý both science data collected by the robots and data about remote robotic operations. The management and analysis of this data provides unique opportunities as well as significant challenges for both science and… More

Intelligent Agents for Scheduling Space Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Peter Bonasso, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,994.00
Abstract:
With the advent of the new exploration initiative, the number of customers and missions to be supported by the NASA Space Communications infrastructure will increase dramatically. As well, new antenna types to be developed in support of exploration will increase, thus increasing the complexity of… More

Enhancing NASA's Procedure Representation Language to Support Planning Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Russell Bonasso, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,897.00
Abstract:
Automation and autonomy are key elements in realizing the vision for space exploration. The NASA Exploration Technology Development Program (ETDP) has been developing several core autonomy capabilities, one of which is called a procedure representation language (PRL). PRL can be automatically… More

Semantic Language and Tools for Reporting Human Factors Incidents

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Debra Schreckenghost, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,758.00
Abstract:
Incidents related to impaired human performance in space operations can be caused by environmental conditions, situational challenges, and operational deficiencies. Detecting, reporting, and correlating related incidents are key to preventing future incidents. NASA has made significant progress in… More

Building a coherent world view from sensory data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: David Kortenkamp, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $749,946.00
Abstract:
Sensors are proliferating in military applications. From unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) to unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to satellites the amount of video, infrared, range and other data is growing exponentially. These sensors are often stovepiped into their own processing streams with much of the… More

Leader-Following for Mobile Robots

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: Brown University
Principal Investigator: Eric Huber, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,178.00
RI Contact: Odest Chadwicke Jenkins
Abstract:
TRACLabs Inc. has worked with NASA to create indoor/outdoor, vision-based leader-following systems for sparse, extra-terrestrial environments. Brown University's Robotics Group has demonstrated leader-following and gesture recognition in high-traffic, dynamic, indoor environments using active lidar… More

Integration of Notification with 3D Visualization of Rover Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Carnegie Mellon University - Silicon Valley
Principal Investigator: Debra Schreckenghost, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,892.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
3D visualization has proven effective at orienting remote ground controllers about robots operating on a planetary surface. Using such displays, controllers can watch a robot move through surface terrain maps and react to objects in that terrain. Readings taken in the robot's surroundings can be… More

Semantic Summarization for Context Aware Manipulation of Data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Carnegie Mellon University - Silicon Valley
Principal Investigator: Debra Schreckenghost, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,533.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
NASA's exploration and scientific missions will produce terabytes of information. As NASA enters a new phase of space exploration, managing large amounts of scientific and operational data will become even more challenging. Robots conducting planetary exploration will produce data for selection and… More

Semantic Language and Tools for Reporting Human Factors Incidents

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Debra Schreckenghost, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,411.00
Abstract:
Incidents related to impaired human performance in space operations can be caused by environmental conditions, situational challenges, and operational deficiencies. Detecting, reporting, and correlating related incidents are key to preventing future incidents. NASA has made significant progress in… More

Software Agents for Group Awareness and Inter-agent Conflict Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Debra Schreckenghost, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,985.00
Abstract:
NASA is investigating robots for a variety of tasks in space, including astronaut transport, habitat construction, site survey, and robotic reconnaissance. These robots may be supervised locally by astronauts or remotely by Earth-based controllers. Thus surface operations are expected to be… More

Distributed Diagnosis, Prognosis and Recovery for Complex Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Vanderbilt University
Principal Investigator: David Kortenkamp, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,876.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
Complex space systems such as lunar habitats generate huge amounts of data. For example, the International Space Station (ISS) has over 250,000 individually identified pieces of low-level telemetry and commands. Innovative algorithms for collecting and analyzing this data are leading to new… More

Advanced Modeling Tools for Controlling Complex Assets Across Time Delay

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert Burridge, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,967.00
Abstract:
Prior to human arrival, lunar robots will conduct a variety of precursor operations. Some of these will need supervision from Earth. After humans arrive, robots will continue to follow a mix of autonomy, local control, and ground control. For best utility, a strong model is needed of the expected… More

Embedding Procedure Assistance into Mission Control Tools

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David Kortenkamp, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,937.00
Abstract:
Procedures are the accepted means of commanding spacecraft. Procedures encode the operational knowledge of a system as derived from system experts, testing, training and experience. In current Space Shuttle and ISS operations procedures are displayed using applications separate from the… More

Visually Guided Robotic Hand / Eye Coordination

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Robert Burridge, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $98,690.00
Abstract:
There are many mundane tasks that humans - even children - perform easily, yet are unattainable by current robotic systems. These include dexterous manipulation in unstructured environments, where the exact location and characteristics of the objects are not known a priori, such as picking fruit or… More

Intelligent Agents for Scheduling Space Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Russell Bonasso, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,387.00
Abstract:
The new exploration initiative, and the planned new antenna types to be developed in support of that initiative will increase the number and complexity of missions to be supported by the NASA Space Communications infrastructure. In a new concept, the communications architecture will evolve from the… More

A Compact Visual-Odometry Sensor for UGVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Eric Huber, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,969.00
Abstract:
Small, Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) will play a significant role in future army applications including reconnaissance, mine detection, explosive ordnance disposal and resupply. Typically, a UGV operates in concert with other agents, including: UGVs, humans, and/or manned vehicles. To successfully… More

Intelligent Navigation and Temporal Reasoning Evaluation Platform

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: David Kortenkamp, President and CEO
Award Amount: $69,901.00
Abstract:
The number of unmanned, autonomous vehicles in the military continues to grow. The missions these vehicles perform range from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) to urban search and rescue (USAR) to explosive ordnance disposal (EOD). Each of these missions requires the unmanned… More

Autonomous Mission Management for Satellite Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Kortenkamp, President
Award Amount: $749,642.00
Abstract:
Satellite intelligence information is being used increasingly for real-time operations. This requires satellites that can be quickly tasked for new objectives and that can respond to opportunistic situations and external threats. The usefulness of satellites and satellite information would be… More

SBIR Phase I:Wearable Augmented Perception for Environmental Recognition

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Eric Huber, DPhil
Award Amount: $149,939.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project focuses on reducing the footprint of machine vision and human interface solutions in support of a wearable apparatus that will improve environmental awareness of the visually impaired. Computer vision has provided significant… More

Advanced Modeling Tools for Controlling Complex Assets Across Time Delay

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert R. Burridge, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,833.00
Abstract:
The proposed innovation is a hybrid simulation module to replace the current "Behavioral Sim" in JSC's Predictive Interactive Graphical Interface (PIGI). PIGI helps an operator compensate for lunar-scale time delay, and is part of NASA's "RAPID Workbench". The… More

Building and Executing Rover Plans with Contingent Tasks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Carnegie Mellon University - Silicon Valley
Principal Investigator: Debra Schreckenghost, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,442.00
RI Contact: Kristen Jackson
Abstract:
During recent robotic field tests, NASA investigated the use of intelligent planetary rovers to improve the productivity of human explorers on planetary surfaces. For these field tests, a remote Science Team built rover plans to collect data that supplements astronaut EVA and a remote Flight Team… More

Integration of Notification with 3D Visualization of Rover Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley
Principal Investigator: Debra Schreckenghost, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,475.00
RI Contact: Kristen Jackson
Abstract:
Future NASA exploration missions will rely on remote operation of robots. As human explorers move further away from Earth, robotic precursors will scout destinations and robotic assistants will perform tasks to reduce astronaut risk and workload. 3D visualization is a key component of how humans… More

Assessing Human Task Performance When Performing Electronic Procedures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Debra Schreckenghost, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,512.00
Abstract:
Limited astronaut time can result in high crew workload and fatigue during International Space Station (ISS) operations. Additionally crew skills can decline over extended mission duration onboard ISS. These stressors can impact task performance both in terms of increased errors and decreased… More

Ontological Models to Support Planning Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Russell Bonasso, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,839.00
Abstract:
Automation and autonomy technologies, such as automated planning software, are key elements in realizing the vision for space exploration. A fundamental requirement for success with these technologies is that they operate using valid models or ontologies of the application domains. Making… More

Adjustable Autonomy for Intelligent Operation of Mobile Manipulators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: Texas A&M University
Principal Investigator: Robert Burridge, Senior Scientist – (281) 461-7886
Award Amount: $99,910.00
RI Contact: Freddie Hunter
Abstract:
In recent years, the military has been integrating robotic systems into tasks previously performed entirely manually by soldiers. Examples include explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), surveillance and reconnaissance, urban search and rescue (USAR), chemical, biological, and nuclear (CBN) operations,… More

Electro-Optical and LIDAR Sensor Fusion for Self-Calibrating, Low-Cost UGV Perception

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Southwest Research Institute
Principal Investigator: Patrick Beeson, Senior Scientist – (281) 461-7886
Award Amount: $79,996.00
RI Contact: Clay Fannigan
Abstract:
Sensor fusion allows a robot to overcome many of the drawbacks of individual sensors, but such techniques require precise calibration of all sensors. In support of the Navy's requirements to develop low-cost and robust sensors, TRACLabs and SwRI propose to design and demonstrate a combined… More

PROWL: Perception for Robotic Operation Without Light

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Patrick Beeson, Senior Scientist – (281) 461-7884
Award Amount: $119,993.00
Abstract:
At TRACLabs Inc., we believe that commercially-viable, nighttime sensing of the local 3D terrain is achievable in the near-term by careful selection and integration of sensing hardware and intelligent perception algorithms. Yet, multiple important research items do exist. Our Phase I aims are 1) to… More

A Compact Visual-Odometry Sensor for UGVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Eric Huber, Senior Scientist – (281) 461-7884
Award Amount: $729,869.00
Abstract:
This is a proposal to design a compact visual odometry sensor that can be mounted on unmanned ground vehicles. Visual odometry (VO) is a technique that estimates the ego-motion from images perceived by moving cameras. A self-contained visual odometry sensor would provide several significant benefits… More

Anytime Summarization for Remote Robot Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Brigham Young University
Principal Investigator: Debra Schreckenghost, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,849.00
RI Contact: Gene Larson
Abstract:
NASA plans to use intelligent planetary rovers to improve the productivity and safety of human explorers. A key challenge in using robots to support human exploration is orienting remote personnel about robot operations as latency and communication constraints make real-time monitoring impractical.… More

Design of Robot-Operator Interaction for Disaster Situations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: Texas A&M University
Principal Investigator: Debra Schreckenghost, Senior Scientist – (281) 461-7886
Award Amount: $99,426.00
RI Contact: Heather Henry
Abstract:
Currently Unmanned Ground Vehicles are teleoperated, requiring operators to be both vigilant and fully engaged throughout the operation. While increasing the level of autonomy of UGVs potentially reduces both the workload and cognitive load on operators, realizing the promise of autonomy is… More

Ontological Models to Support Planning Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Russell Bonasso, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $695,299.00
Abstract:
Automation and autonomy technologies, such as automated planning software, are key elements in realizing the vision for space exploration. However, the major stumbling block to realizing the widespread use of automation tools for operations is capturing and maintaining the domain models -- the… More

Stereo Vision for SPHERES-based Navigation and Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric Huber, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,451.00
Abstract:
Maintenance operations and scientific research on the International Space Station (ISS) require active monitoring. Currently the majority of monitoring and recording of data is performed by the ISS crew. These tasks, albeit relatively passive, often consume large blocks of a crew member¿¿?s time.… More

Perception Engine for Activity Recognition and Logging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Patrick Beeson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,643.00
Abstract:
Ten of thousands of hours of video footage already exist and countless more hours will be logged as spacecraft continue to orbit the Earth and explore the solar system. These video logs contain immeasurable amounts of useful data on crew social interactions, crew task performance, and crew-vehicle… More

Adaptive Automation for Anomaly Resolution

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Russell Bonasso, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,695.00
Abstract:
As ground operations personnel and crew manage the operations of orbiting and exploration spacecraft, inevitably anomalies will arise. Resolving anomalies in real-time and preventing their future occurrence can be difficult. Operations personnel must capture the conditions leading up to the… More

A Planning and Control Toolkit for Dual Arm Manipulation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert Burridge, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,102.00
Abstract:
It is often difficult to create autonomous robotic capabilities thatmatch what can be achieved via teleoperation. Even though it ismechanically possible for a humanoid robot such as Robonaut 2 toperform complex coordinated tasks such as tying a knot, exchangingobjects between end effectors, plugging… More

I-HAMMER: Interactive Autonomy for Control of Space Assets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David Kortenkamp, President and CEO – (281) 461-7886
Award Amount: $149,841.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The United States is increasingly reliant on space-based technologies for surveillance, communications, and navigation. However, our satellites face significant threats from external forces as well as the usual threats from failures, space weather, and orbital debris and must become more… More

PROWL: Perception for Robotic Operation over Widespread Lighting

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Patrick Beeson, Senior Scientist – (281) 461-7886
Award Amount: $711,615.00
Abstract:
In Phase I we designed and evaluated a thermal stereo prototype; however, rather than focusing on a nighttime-only deliverable in Phase II, we propose to combine our Phase I experience with stereo thermal sensing and our decades long experience with traditional outdoor stereo sensing to deliver… More

HAMMER: Autonomous Mission Management for Satellite Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David Kortenkamp, Senior Scientist – (281) 461-7886
Award Amount: $513,481.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Satellite intelligence information is being used increasingly for real-time operations. This requires satellites that can be quickly tasked for new objectives and that can respond to opportunistic situations and external threats. Unfortunately, today's satellites rely on ground… More

Autonomy Management Platform

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: David Kortenkamp, Senior Scientist – (281) 461-7886
Award Amount: $149,858.00
Abstract:
Autonomous vehicles are becoming more and more integral to our nation's defense. A DoD object is to free humans from direct control and move towards supervisory control of multiple, autonomous assets. Achieving this objective will require significant advances in decision support and supervisory… More

Anytime Summarization for Remote Robot Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Brigham Young University
Principal Investigator: Debra Schreckenghost, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $696,801.00
RI Contact: Gene Larson
Abstract:
NASA plans to use intelligent planetary rovers to improve the productivity and safety of human explorers. A key challenge in using robots for human exploration is orienting remote personnel about robot operations, as latency and communication constraints make eyes-on monitoring impractical. Summary… More

A Planning and Control Toolkit for Dual Arm Manipulation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert Burridge, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $677,170.00
Abstract:
It is often difficult to create autonomous robotic capabilities that match what can be achieved via teleoperation. Even though it is mechanically possible for a humanoid robot such as Robonaut 2 to perform complex coordinated tasks such as tying a knot, exchanging objects between end effectors,… More

I-HAMMER: Interactive Autonomy for Control of Space Assets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Kortenkamp, Senior Scientist – (281) 461-7886
Award Amount: $685,270.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The United States is increasingly reliant on space-based technologies for surveillance, communications, and navigation. However, our satellites face significant threats from failures, space weather, and orbital debris and must become more survivable. A key component to more survivable… More

Coalition of Operators and Automation for Collaborative Tasking (COACT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Debra Schreckenghost, Senior Scientist – (281) 461-7886
Award Amount: $149,954.00
Abstract:
Increasing the autonomy of unmanned vehicles potentially reduces operator workload and cognitive load. Realizing the promise of autonomy however, is difficult when deploying in environments with mobility and visibility challenges, enemy threats, risks of endangering civilians, and limited… More

Human-Robot Performance - Test, Evaluate, Analyze, and Measure (TEAM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Debra Schreckenghost, Senior Scientist – (281) 461-7886
Award Amount: $149,832.00
Abstract:
Mixed human-robot teams have potential to reduce risk to soldiers during missions while matching or improving performance over human-only teams. Responsibility to achieve mission goals can be shared between humans and robots to improve mission success and operational timeliness. Dynamic shifts of… More