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Visually Guided Robotic Hand / Eye Coordination

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
09SB2-0088
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB092-005
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
Vecna Technologies Inc.
6404 Ivy Lane Suite 500 Greenbelt, MD 20770-1423
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Visually Guided Robotic Hand / Eye Coordination
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W91CRB-11-C-0095
Award Amount: $1,325,000.00
 

Abstract:

The proposed work leverages the prototypes developed in the Phase I project toward refinement of a machine vision system for visually guided manipulation. In Phase II, the machine vision system modules of image feature detection, object detection, pose estimation, and tracking will be generalized to handle a wide range of deformable objects. A new four fingered hydraulic end effector will be fabricated to physically test the effectiveness of a parameterized grasping approach. The Hybrid Mode Estimator, also designed in Phase I, will be implemented to allow for dynamic path planning with respect to a constantly changing environment. to key components of the machine vision system required for visual guided manipulation. The machine vision system is comprised of the following modules: image feature detection, object detection and recognition, pose estimation, and tracking. The focus of the Phase II effort is to optimize and integrate these components into a robust and generalizable system.The machine vision system is comprised of the following modules: image feature detection, object detection and recognition, pose estimation, and tracking.

Principal Investigator:

Daniel Theobald
CTO
(617) 864-0636
theo@vecna.com

Business Contact:

Michael Bearman
VP/General Counsel
(240) 965-4500
mbearman@vecna.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Vecna Technologies Inc.
6404 Ivy Lane Suite 500 Greenbelt, MD -

EIN/Tax ID: 522152399
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No