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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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5D Robotics, Inc.
2236 Rutherford, Ste 123 Carlsbad, CA 92008-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Intelligent Vehicle Behaviors for Explosive Hazard Detection&Neutralization on Narrow Unimproved Routes
Agency: DOD
Contract: W15QKN-11-C-0138
Award Amount: $99,813.00


This project will design a mid-sized unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) system to support soldiers to effectively perform improvised explosive device defeat (IEDD) tasks remotely. IEDD task areas include navigation, hazard sensing, and neutralization. The control system willenable simple and safe UGV navigation through remote rugged terrain while minimizing operator attention demands. The system will include a UGV, perception and hazard sensors, manipulator(s), and operator control unit(s) and interface that address various IED configurations. The system will use the 5D Behavior EngineTM (BE) which enables intelligent instantaneous reactive responses to local environmental, sensor, and other data. It will orchestrate a suite of behaviors enabling simplified vehicle navigation and emulating the best heuristics of human sensor and neutralizer manipulation. Some detection and neutralization tasks that require more control and detailed direction by the human operator will be supported with innovative perception and behaviors. Equally important is the operator control unit and interface, which must not only simplify manipulation but also provide operators with appropriate sensor data that attain high confidence in hazard declarations. Improved human-robot interaction (HRI) is paramount for interface controls, tasking, and data representations and interface interactions will be designed to minimize operator workload and minimize required attentions.

Principal Investigator:

David Bruemmer
VP Research and Development
(208) 520-1848

Business Contact:

Jon Green
VP Finance
(266) 799-2727
Small Business Information at Submission:

5D Robotics, Inc.
2233 Faraday Ave. Suite B Carlsbad, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 264164622
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No