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Peer-to-Peer Embedded Human Robot Interaction

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
83090
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O063-UM5-4190
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
MOBILEROBOTS, INC.
19 Columbia Drive Amherst, NH 03031 3031
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Peer-to-Peer Embedded Human Robot Interaction
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: N00014-07-C-0491
Award Amount: $99,500.00
 

Abstract:

The objective of this proposal is develop a concept for embedded peer-to-peer human/robot interaction that will allow a robot to work side-by-side with a person or a group of people in contrast to more traditional deployments of robotic hardware which keep the robots and humans very far from each other. MobileRobots Inc and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) will exploit advances in dynamic perception and probabilistic reasoning techniques to develop a concept for robust human robot interaction (HRI) that will provide a robot with the necessary situation awareness to achieve a high level of peer-to-peer interaction. In the proposed concept, humans will interact with the robot in a natural fashion using speech, gestures, and verbal dialog. To facilitate such understanding of the human's activities and communicative acts, we will exploit the state of the art in computer vision techniques (both monocular and stereo) to detect and recognize the presence of humans, monitor and understand their gestures, and track their activities over time. This multi-modal situation awareness will allow the robot to monitor the actions and speech of a human in order to interactively learn to execute a state sequence for rudimentary joint plans with the human.

Principal Investigator:

William P. Kennedy
CTO
6038817960
wkennedy@mobilerobots.com

Business Contact:

Brian Ewing
Administrative Manager
6038817960
bewing@mobilerobots.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MOBILEROBOTS, INC.
19 Columbia Drive Amherst, NH 03031

EIN/Tax ID: 020505489
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No