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Semi-Autonomous Control of Unmanned Ground Vehicles

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
Army 08-145
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
13620 Merriman Road Livonia, MI -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Semi-Autonomous Control of Unmanned Ground Vehicles
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W56HZV-10-C-0132
Award Amount: $383,656.00


Mobile Intelligence is building an open architecture hardware and software system that supports semi-autonomous control of ground robots using monocular vision. It will be open architecture, follow the JAUS/AS-4 standard, and be suitable for mounting on small robots, such as the Talon or PackBot. It will allow the operator to easily command the robot to perform actions such as f?oGo Theref??, f?oFollow Pathf??, or f?oFollow Mef?? and allow it to autonomously travel, freeing the operator to perform other tasks, including maintaining their situational awareness and safety. Three research thrusts will be followed. First, categorizing terrain traversability based on appearance and motion allows extrapolating nearby, highly accurate estimates into the far scene. Second, classifying objects based on their shape and texture allows estimating their size based on heuristics, and thus estimating their distance. Finally, learning scene affordances with respect to navigation will allow learning mappings of visual shape categories to navigation strategies. The information from these three perceptual processes will be aggregated into a symbolic map, and used by a planner to create routes through the environment.

Principal Investigator:

Douglas MacKenzie
Senior Scientist

Business Contact:

William Oseles
Contracts Manager
Small Business Information at Submission:

Mobile Intelligence Corporation
13620 Merriman Road Livonia, MI 48150

EIN/Tax ID: 383147215
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No