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Mobility Optimization via Enhanced Robotic Sensing (MOVERS)

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Robotic Research LLC
555 Quince Orchard Road Suite 300 Gaithersburg, MD -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Mobility Optimization via Enhanced Robotic Sensing (MOVERS)
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W81XWH-12-C-0001
Award Amount: $749,762.00


Mobility Optimization via Enhanced Robotic Sensing (MOVERS) is being developed by Robotic Research, LLC and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology. This Phase II STTR will further develop autonomous terrain classification and driving control systems that enable medical robots and mobility assist devices to safely negotiate various types of terrain. Applications include casualty assessment/extraction robots, chem/bio-hazard detection robots, and electric-powered wheelchairs. The resulting product will be a platform-independent system consisting of a sensor package and associated processor that will interface to control a wheeled robot or automated vehicle. For the commercial market this technology will allow for a driver's aid to assist with better off-road driving, such as allowing a wheelchair to move through a slippery, muddy road more elegantly and safely, using its own momentum for a smarter navigation solution. The MOVERS technology will also apply to commercial vehicles, such as lumber trucks, mining, or construction heavy equipment vehicles.

Principal Investigator:

Karl Kluge
Senior Engineer
(240) 631-0008

Business Contact:

Alberto Lacaze
(970) 778-2353
Small Business Information at Submission:

Robotic Research LLC
555 Quince Orchard Road Suite 300 Gaithersburg, MD -

EIN/Tax ID: 270030984
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109-8001
Contact: Douglas Gilbertson
Contact Phone: (818) 393-3458