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Design of Robot Control Interfaces

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Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / STTR
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Small Business Information
AnthroTronix, Inc.
8737 Colesville Rd, L203 Silver Spring, MD -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Design of Robot Control Interfaces
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-12-C-0190
Award Amount: $99,994.00


For humans and robots to effectively work together, they must share a common understanding of concepts defining the environment and the relationship of those concepts. In this proposal, we present an approach for dynamic interface creation which takes advantage of a robot-centric ontology. We first define a taxonomy based on perceptions and capabilities of the robot, as well as the input and output modalities. An ontology is then constructed to relate the robot concepts and provide a mapping to the modalities. This ontology can then be utilized by a decision-making component to dynamically adjust the interface based on the conditions of the operator, the environment, and the mission. We consider attributes such as cognitive load, fatigue, stress, and ease of use to quantify the potential interfaces. The goal is to develop a design science that includes a methodology for assessing the effectiveness of potential designs and prototype systems.

Principal Investigator:

Corinna Lathan
Board Chair and CEO
(301) 495-0770

Business Contact:

Carl Pompei
Executive Vice President and CFO
(301) 495-0770
Small Business Information at Submission:

AnthroTronix, Inc.
8737 Colesville Rd, L203 Silver Spring, MD -

EIN/Tax ID: 522183443
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Southen California
Computer Science Department
3650 McClintock Ave, OHE 200
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1450
Contact: Maja Mataric
Contact Phone: (213) 740-4520