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PROWL: Perception for Robotic Operation Without Light

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A103-175-0104
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10-175
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
Small Business Information
Traclabs, Inc.
100 Northeast Loop 410 Suite 520 San Antonio, TX 78216-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: PROWL: Perception for Robotic Operation Without Light
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W56HZV-11-C-0153
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 build a prototype sensor that synchronizes COTS thermal imagers into a stereo-camera head, 2) to demonstrate a PROWL prototype that produces a) stereo-based distance estimates, b) visual-odometry, and c) 3D maps in a controlled laboratory environment and 3) to provide an accurate assessment of the hardware and software extensions needed for the long-range Phase II system. For Phase II, we will extend our system 1) to enable outdoor 3D perception in natural low-light conditions and at driving speeds and 2) to provide 360 degree sensing. We will also focus on real-time driveability analysis from the 3D point clouds and on providing efficient, yet informative, 2.5D representations of the environment as part of the system's API. Long-term, we expect to integrate our system with specific unmanned military robots, including PackBot, Talon, ANDROS, and MULE platforms.

Principal Investigator:

Patrick Beeson
Senior Scientist
(281) 461-7884
pbeeson@traclabs.com

Business Contact:

David Kortenkamp
President/CEO
(281) 461-7884
korten@traclabs.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Traclabs, Inc.
100 Northeast Loop 410 Suite 520 San Antonio, TX -

EIN/Tax ID: 202601412
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No