Visually Guided Robotic Hand / Eye Coordination

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-10-C-0067
Agency Tracking Number: 09SB2-0088
Amount: $99,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: SB092-005
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
6404 Ivy Lane, Suite 500, Greenbelt, MD, 20770
DUNS: 094078958
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andreas Hofmann
 Director of Machine Learning R&D
 (617) 864-0636
Business Contact
 Michael Bearman
Title: Vice President and General Counsel
Phone: (240) 965-4500
Research Institution
The term “robot,” coined by Karel Capek in the play R.U.R., implies “compulsory labor,” yet most mobile robots in existence today are only capable of the lightest of labor. Of course, a robot is just a pile of parts without the advanced perception, planning, and control systems needed to make it perform useful work reliably in an unstructured environment. When done correctly, however, it will yield the “Universal Worker” that Capek envisioned 90 years ago. The need for such a universal worker robot is compelling and the opportunities for application of the technology are endless, from exploring and manipulating hazardous environments to sorting inventory, or eventually even construction. Vecna proposes a prototype robotic system based on numerous innovations from ongoing research in hydraulics, perception, planning and controls that will be able to adequately perform the specified tasks (type, drum, juggle, use tools, and thread a needle). The hypothesis to be tested is that a hydraulics-based robotic system can achieve the strength, dexterity, maneuverability, speed, and precision that are called for in this solicitation when integrated with an advanced robotic vision and planning control system.

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