Integration of Notification with 3D Visualization of Rover Operations

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,892.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10CF53P
Award Id:
95631
Agency Tracking Number:
090072
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
T1
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
100 N.E. Loop 410, Suite 520, San Antonio, TX, 78216
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
193786014
Principal Investigator:
Debra Schreckenghost
Principal Investigator
(281) 461-7884
schreck@traclabs.com
Business Contact:
David Kortenkamp
CEO
(281) 461-7884
Research Institute:
Carnegie Mellon University - Silicon Valley

NASA Research Park, Building 23
Moffett Field, CA, 94305
(650) 335-2823
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
3D visualization has proven effective at orienting remote ground controllers about robots operating on a planetary surface. Using such displays, controllers can watch a robot move through surface terrain maps and react to objects in that terrain. Readings taken in the robot's surroundings can be overlaid on terrain maps to improve human understanding. 3D visualization, however, focuses a controller's attention on what is happening in the vicinity of the robot. The effectiveness of visualization at centering attention on the robot means that information not spatially linked to that view could be missed. TRACLabs, Carnegie Mellon University, and Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies propose to develop software for notifying users of 3D visualization about important new information that may not be spatially linked to the current view. We will identify use cases where notification is needed when using 3D visualization and design software for constructing and presenting notices for these use cases. We will evaluate this design for use in K10 rover operations by defining an approach for integrating notification with the Visual Environment for Remote Virtual Exploration (VERVE). The extensive experience of this team in developing advanced software for robotic surface operations will contribute to the timely delivery of the proposed technology.

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