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Design of Robot-Operator Interaction for Disaster Situations

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
D12A-002-0079
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB12A-002
Solicitation Number:
2012.A
Small Business Information
Traclabs, Inc.
100 Northeast Loop 410 Suite 520 San Antonio, TX 78216-6363
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Design of Robot-Operator Interaction for Disaster Situations
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-12-C-0214
Award Amount: $99,426.00
 

Abstract:

Currently Unmanned Ground Vehicles are teleoperated, requiring operators to be both vigilant and fully engaged throughout the operation. While increasing the level of autonomy of UGVs potentially reduces both the workload and cognitive load on operators, realizing the promise of autonomy is difficult in deployment. Remote operation of UGVs is subject to unreliable communication and mobility challenges similar to robot operations in other real-world operations such as disaster response. Achieving full autonomy in the face of these challenges is both a hard technical problem and does not take advantage of valuable human capability. This project proposes to address these challenges by developing principles and techniques for the design of robot operator interfaces for disaster situations. The proposed tools for improved robot-operator interaction combine techniques for improved interface design with flexible task sharing and information exchange between operators and robots. Improvement is demonstrated in disaster scenarios using a combination of performance measures.

Principal Investigator:

Debra Schreckenghost
Senior Scientist
(281) 461-7886
schreck@traclabs.com

Business Contact:

David Kortenkamp
President
(281) 461-7886
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
Research Institution Information:
Texas A&M University
OCS-TEES
300 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3000
Contact: Heather Henry
Contact Phone: (979) 458-7617