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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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2012 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Boston Engineering Corporation
300 Bear Hill Rd Waltham, MA -
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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-0216
Award Amount: $99,999.00


Boston Engineering"s Advanced Systems Group and Dr. Holly Yanco"s team at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell propose to develop a design science for robot operator interfaces and demonstrate its application through existing design tools and prototype systems that reduce operator training time, maximize the ability of an operator - robot team to maintain synchronization, and provide a baseline for the future execution of unmanned systems tasks at a normal military operational tempo. This science, named R-LUCID, leverages the fact that technology is providing sensors that can enable low-level autonomy but converts the art of interface design to a science by investigating and developing the metrics, techniques, and scenario-based approaches required. Additionally, this effort provides a unique method for generating a control ontology based on how humans are designed to perceive and use interface cues such that robot architecture could be developed to match, reducing the latencies and other operational tempo-slowing components of user and robot interaction further and further. This team is uniquely capable of performing this effort in a comprehensive and time-effective manner with valuable outputs available at stages of development considered to be far earlier than competitive efforts.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Rufo
Director, Advanced Systems Group
(781) 314-0723

Business Contact:

Mark Smithers
(781) 466-8010
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Boston Engineering Corporation
411 Waverley Oaks Road Suite 114 Waltham, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 043271679
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Massachusetts Lowell
883 Broadway Street
Lowell, MA 01854-
Contact: Holly Yanco
Contact Phone: (978) 934-3642