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Adjustable Balanced Autonomy for Cargo/Casualty Unmanned Systems (ABACUS)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N111-070-1478
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N111-070
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA 01801-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Adjustable Balanced Autonomy for Cargo/Casualty Unmanned Systems (ABACUS)
Agency: DOD
Contract: N00014-11-M-0227
Award Amount: $80,000.00
 

Abstract:

Future operations will increasingly utilize Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) to accomplish missions which involve a high degree of uncertainty, such as complex cargo and casualty evacuation. Quite often these missions require U.S. and coalition forces to face challenging and dangerous environments with little advance knowledge or information about their surroundings. Such situations may also require novice users to operate a UAS without the knowledge, skills, or abilities that experienced aviators possess. A scalable user interface approach is needed to enable a wide range of users to interact with highly autonomous VTOL systems. Aptima and our partners propose to address this challenge by developing ABACUS (Adjustable Balanced Autonomy for Cargo/Casualty Unmanned Systems), an application that supports high-level human/UAS interaction and includes: An adjustable autonomy framework that will guide the level of UAS autonomy and adjust to the level of human operator involvement; A scalable user interface based on ecological interface design and capable of using multimodal inputs including 2D/3D gestures/voice; and State of the art automation algorithms that incorporate mission objectives, priorities, constraints, and knowledge from human operators.

Principal Investigator:

Stacy Pfautz
Senior Scientist
(781) 496-2430
spfautz@aptima.com

Business Contact:

Thomas McKenna
Chief Financial Officer
(781) 496-2443
mckenna@aptima.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 043281859
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No