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Dynamic Robot Operator Interface Design (DROID) Assessment, Guidance & Engineering Tool (AGENT)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q13C0196
Agency Tracking Number: D2-1200
Amount: $1,496,452.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB12A-002
Solicitation Number: 2012.0
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-09-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-03-13
Small Business Information
8737 Colesville Rd, L203
Silver Spring, MD 20910
United States
DUNS: 128374548
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Corinna Lathan
 Board Chair & CEO
 (301) 495-0770
Business Contact
 Mr. Carl Pompei
Title: Dr.
Phone: (301) 495-0770
Research Institution
 University of Southern California
 Maja Mataric
3650 McClintock Avenue OHE 200
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1450
United States

 (213) 740-4520
 Nonprofit College or University

The overarching objective of this research and development effort is to advance the current state of human-robot interaction (HRI), developing a theoretically and empirically-based design science that is grounded in best practices and validated principles of human performance and human-systems integration (HSI). The resulting scientific methodology and design process will support improved methods of interface design and assessment, as well as a closer collaboration between robot developers and interface design specialists. To this end, the proposed effort seeks to design, develop, and provide initial validation for a Dynamic Robot Operator Interface Design (DROID) Assessment, Guidance, and Engineering Tool (AGENT). The DROID AGENT will consist of a smart agent software architecture and underlying database and ontology to support automated HRI design guidance based on scientifically-grounded design principles and validated assessment metrics. The DROID AGENT will support a multi-disciplinary HRI design process that involves key stakeholders from across domains. While the current effort will focus primarily on HRI within the context of military, aerospace, and Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) operations, the resulting design science, standards, and methodologies will ultimately be applicable within a wide variety of applications such as industrial and consumer robotics.

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