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Mixed Initiative Machine for Instructed Computing: MIMIC II

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
83469
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N074-031-0199
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Mixed Initiative Machine for Instructed Computing: MIMIC II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-08-C-0738
Award Amount: $500,000.00
 

Abstract:

In less than a decade, UAVs have transitioned from a curiosity on the battlefield to a core capability for intelligence and attack. However, the intelligence that drives tactical decision making and flight control remains firmly lodged in the heads of expert operators. As more UAVs and other unmanned vehicles enter the battlespace, intelligent, autonomous UAVs will become a necessity. To address this challenge, Aptima, Boeing, and the Cognitive Engineering Research Institute propose to (1) conduct human subjects experiments that illuminate the potential for humans to convey their knowledge of autonomous tactical decision making and control to UAVs, and to (2) prototype training support technology and machine learning algorithms that enable UAVs to learn from expert UAV operators. We call the proposed capability MIMIC: Mixed Initiative Machine for Instructed Computing. MIMIC is a hybrid model that integrates psychological learning theory and rapid machine learning algorithms to enable human operator to teach the UAV new tactical and control behaviors through a unique user interface to a UAV mission simulator. MIMIC will enable UAVs to infer the mission threats and opportunities and to dynamically optimize tactical decisions and control actions when the user cannot do so or obligates the UAV to do so.

Principal Investigator:

Yuri Levchuk
Senior Scientist and Engineer
2025526136
levchuk@aptima.com

Business Contact:

Margaret J. Clancy
Chief Financial Officer
7814962415
clancy@aptima.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

APTIMA, INC.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043281859
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
COGNITIVE ENGINEERING RESEARCH INST
5865 South Sossaman Road
Mesa, AZ 85212
Contact: Steven M. Shope
Contact Phone: (408) 988-1000
RI Type: Domestic nonprofit research organization