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Building a coherent world view from sensory data

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Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
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2009 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Traclabs, Inc.
100 Northeast Loop 410 Suite 520 San Antonio, TX 78216-6363
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Building a coherent world view from sensory data
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0260
Award Amount: $749,946.00


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 final processing done manually. This proposal aims to create a general purpose sensor-to-symbol architecture that merges all sensor information into a coherent world view that is maintained over time. A sensor-to-symbol architecture regularizes the connections between the sensed physical world and the symbols that represent that world. Our approach consists of representing sensors in a domain-independent language, representing the world in an object ontology and developing a reasoning substrate that connects the two. The reasoning substrate is based on a computational cognitive architecture called Polyscheme. Human stakeholders are tied into the sensor-to-symbol architecture via personal agents that manage the stream of information. The approach will be evaluated using mobile robots that are searching for specific objects in the environment.

Principal Investigator:

David Kortenkamp
Senior Scientist

Business Contact:

David Kortenkamp
Vice President
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100 Northeast Loop 410 Suite 520 San Antonio, TX 77216

EIN/Tax ID: 202601412
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No