Integration of Notification with 3D Visualization of Rover Operations

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX10CF53P
Agency Tracking Number: 090072
Amount: $99,892.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: T1.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
TRACLabs, Inc.
100 N.E. Loop 410, Suite 520, San Antonio, TX, 78216-4727
DUNS: 193786014
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Debra Schreckenghost
 Principal Investigator
 (281) 461-7884
 schreck@traclabs.com
Business Contact
 David Kortenkamp
Title: CEO
Phone: (281) 461-7884
Email: korten@traclabs.com
Research Institution
 Carnegie Mellon University - Silicon Valley
 Not Available
 NASA Research Park, Building 23
Moffett Field, CA, 94305
 (650) 335-2823
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
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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