Onboard Planning System for UAVs in Support of Expeditionary Reconnaissance and Surveillance (OPS-USERS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$70,000.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N00014-07-M-0424
Solitcitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2007
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N074-019-0155
Solicitation Topic Code:
N07-T019
Small Business Information
AURORA FLIGHT SCIENCES CORP.
9950 Wakeman Drive, Manassas, VA, 20110
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
604717165
Principal Investigator
 Olivier Toupet
 Principal Investigator
 (617) 401-2521
 otoupet@aurora.aero
Business Contact
 Diana Eichfeld
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (703) 396-6329
Email: deichfeld@aurora.aero
Research Institution
 MASSACHUSETTS INST. OF TECHNOLOGY
 Michael P Corcoran
 77 Massachusetts Avenue
Room E19-750
Cambridge, VA, 2139
 (617) 253-3906
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Aurora and MIT propose to develop the architecture, core algorithms, and human interface concepts for a multi-platform, distributed UAV team that responds to requests from field operators for intelligence support. Aurora will build on existing robust distributed tasking algorithms that have been demonstrated to work in intermittent communications environments, tailoring them to address multiple-operator issues, rules of engagement constraints, and the necessity to ensure performance of time-critical tasks. Capabilities will be incorporated into a collaborative decision-making process flow that specifically accounts for human supervisory control issues, including interfaces, cognitive roles, and situational awareness. The capabilities developed will be targeted at Phase II implementation in an onboard planning module, already in development, that can be incorporated into low-cost UAVs, giving them higher levels of autonomy and making it possible for them to coordinate their activities as a team over a real-world communication network.

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