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Real Time 3-D Modeling and Immersive Visualization for Enhanced Soldier Situation Awareness

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-14-C-0023
Agency Tracking Number: A2-5495
Amount: $749,557.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A12a-T003
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-12-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-12-19
Small Business Information
Ten 40th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David LaRose
 Director Software Engineering
 (412) 327-3970
Business Contact
 Dan Beaven
Title: Dr.
Phone: (412) 251-0317
Research Institution
 Carnegie Mellon University
 Lynn Young
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
United States

 (412) 268-1206
 Nonprofit college or university

We propose a rapid mapping and 3-D visualization system especially suited for inside buildings, tunnels, urban canyons, and other environments where GPS may be poor or not available. The system--which was fully demonstrated in our Phase I effort-- includes mobile Sensor Nodes that wirelessly supply compressed 3D range data and color imagery to a central Fusion Node. The Fusion Node runs 3D reconstruction and model-building algorithms, fusing data from one or more Sensor Nodes to generate an integrated model of the battlespace. Texture mapped 3D imagery, drawn from this model, is delivered to unit leader and soldier via Dismount Nodes (hand-held devices or Smartphones), allowing overhead and immersive display of the accumulated model. This capability enables a range of activities including mission planning, coordination between troops, and tactical rehearsals. During engagement the system helps increase situational awareness by allowing soldiers to look through walls and, if GPS is available, monitor their fellow team members locations. Our immersive system is based upon existing, proven technology: The robot, GPS-denied pose system and colorized laser sensor are Carnegie Robotics products. The 3D colorized modeling and dataset registration software sources from our Research Institution partner, Carnegie Mellon Universitys NREC.

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