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Autonomy Management Platform

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Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
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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: 2013
Title: Autonomy Management Platform
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: N00014-13-P-1125
Award Amount: $149,858.00


Autonomous vehicles are becoming more and more integral to our nation's defense. A DoD object is to free humans from direct control and move towards supervisory control of multiple, autonomous assets. Achieving this objective will require significant advances in decision support and supervisory control concepts. Current operator interfaces require continuous attention from the operator to a single unmanned vehicle. In fact, many require the attention of several operators. In addition, designing and building the decision support components often requires significant expertise in computer science, artificial intelligence, and software engineering. This makes the cost of developing, maintaining, and modifying these systems exorbitant. Our approach is to design reusable, ontology-driven decision support tools that can be configured into an Autonomy Management Platform (AMP) that can assist an operator in controlling and directing several unmanned vehicles at the same time. We also propose an ontology editor that lets non-computer scientists create and update the assets, capabilities, tasks, and environment of the various unmanned vehicles. These ontologies are used by the decision support tools, which allows for flexibility and extensibility of AMP. The benefits will be reduced cost of operations and increased productivity of the operators while saving time and money in the design, deployment, and maintenance of decision support systems for multi-asset coordination.

Principal Investigator:

David Kortenkamp
Senior Scientist
(281) 461-7886

Business Contact:

David Kortenkamp
President and CEO
(281) 461-7886
Small Business Information at Submission:

Traclabs, Inc.
100 Northeast Loop 410 Suite 520 San Antonio, TX -

EIN/Tax ID: 202601412
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No