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Intelligent Multi-Agent System for Coordinating Multiple FCS Platforms

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAE30-03-C-102
Agency Tracking Number: A022-1497
Amount: $69,645.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2003
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
9971 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John Budenske
 Staff Scientist
 (952) 829-5864
Business Contact
 Kenneth Thurber
Title: President
Phone: (952) 829-5864
Research Institution

Battlefields of the future will consist of highly mobile, light forces that are supported by intelligent software, autonomous systems, and robotic platforms. The Future Combat Systems (FCS) concept embraces the use of tele-operated, semi-autonomous, andautonomous systems that will be coordinated together to provide both battle support as well as logistics capabilities. Coordination of multiple FCS platforms will require not only intelligent software for planning and scheduling, but also infrastructuresupport for autonomously executing tasks and allowing tele-operation when necessary across wireless battlefield networks.This Phase I research addresses the challenging problem of executing resupply, logistics, and other material handling missions upon distributed FCS platforms, and across wired/wireless networks. The approach includes a layered infrastructure ofwired/wireless networking services, proxy and distributed processing, agent-based behaviors, remote tele-operative services, and mixed-initiative planning and scheduling technologies that will support the planning, control, coordination, andreconfiguration across multiple FCS platforms. The proposed design aims at maximizing commonality, reuse, and adaptability across platform type and configurations (for both legacy and next generation FCS platforms). Also, the design includes approachesfor controlling platforms within tele-operational, semi-autonomous/ supervisory, and fully autonomous modes. Thus, providing the FCS operator with maximum control and flexibility over multiple platforms. This research will support critical DOD Future Combat Systems applications as well as other distributed control applications in autonomous unmanned vehicles, sensor networks, intelligent minefields, and battlefield robotics. Commercial applicationsinclude: intelligent highway and air traffic control; work-cell manufacturing; industrial inspection; job-shop scheduling; intelligent robotics; personal assistants (softbots); and mobility aids for the handicapped.

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