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Soldier Universal Robot Controller

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
73498
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A043-038-0987
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
APPLIED PERCEPTION, INC.
220 Executive Drive, Suite 400 Cranberry Township, PA 16066
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Soldier Universal Robot Controller
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911QX-06-C-0031
Award Amount: $726,274.00
 

Abstract:

With the anticipated deployment of technologies developed under programs like Future Force Warrior and Future Combat Systems, there is a growing need for a common method for human-robot interaction. This is particularly true for dismounted infantry, since they are often in situations where small, lightweight, easy to use interfaces are a necessity rather than a luxury. There are a growing number of small and large unmanned systems which are either already fielded, or close to being fielded. To date, these include vehicles such as the iRobot PackBot, the Foster-Miller TALON, Automatika's DragonRunner, RONS, BombBot, and the FCS vehicles (MULE, ARV, SUGV), each of which is controlled by a proprietary OCU, complicating logistics and training efforts. To address this problem, we are proposing an 18 month effort to build, integrate, test and demonstrate a Soldier Universal Robot Controller (SURC) to enable seamless integration between a soldier and multiple heterogeneous robots. The SURC will make use of multi-modal hardware for input and output and have a multi-tiered interface model based on robot capabilities and mission requirements; and it will use terminology familiar to the soldier (as taken from Army Field Manuals) to minimize training time, costs and cognitive burden. A key component of this effort is development of an extensible software architecture for easy extension and modification of SURC.

Principal Investigator:

Parag Batavia
Senior Research Scientist
7249348965
parag@appliedperception.com

Business Contact:

Todd Jochem
President
7249348965
toddj@appliedperception.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

APPLIED PERCEPTION, INC.
109 Gateway Avenue, Suite 201 Wexford, PA 15090

EIN/Tax ID: 251878447
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No