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Natural Language Dialogue for Supervisory Control of Autonomous Ground Vehicles

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N102-177-0084
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N102-177
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
Thinking Robots Inc.
3023 Forest Ridge Drive Bloomington, IN -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Natural Language Dialogue for Supervisory Control of Autonomous Ground Vehicles
Agency: DOD
Contract: N00014-11-M-0023
Award Amount: $69,972.00
 

Abstract:

We propose to design an integrated robotic architecture with natural language dialogue as well as high-level planning capabilities that will allow robots to interact with humans in unprecedented naturalness. The design will be based on our DIARC architecture that has been demonstrated to handle natural spoken interactions robustly in search and rescue tasks. We will research and evaluate the state-of-the-art in integrated natural language processing and dialogue in robotic architecture and gesture-based interactions. The proposed design will build on this evaluation and provide a complete solution that can be transferred to a great variety of autonomous vehicles. Specifically, it will feature dynamically adjustable autonomy due its ability to explicitly represent goals and use reasoning methods to determine necessary actions when the human commander is busy or has high cognitive load. It will allow robots to understand natural spoken instructions and robustly deal with disfluencies and speech errors that are typical for spontaneous speech, also filling in details for instructions that are not explicitly expressed using integrated planning mechanisms. We will also investigate the utility of additional non-linguistic interface mechanisms such as gestures to support natural language interactions for cases where natural language commands are not possible.

Principal Investigator:

Paul Schermerhorn
Vice President
(812) 272-4663
pscherme@thinking-robots.com

Business Contact:

Matthias Scheutz
President
(574) 323-7074
mscheutz@thinking-robots.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Thinking Robots Inc.
3023 Forest Ridge Drive Bloomington, IN -

EIN/Tax ID: 271805297
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No