Design of a Graphical Interface for Managing Multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F30602-03-C-0035
Agency Tracking Number: 021IF-2470
Amount: $745,054.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
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Principal Investigator
 Charles Cohen
 Vice President, R&D
 (734) 668-2567
Business Contact
 Charles Jacobus
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (734) 668-2567
Research Institution
This proposal describes the design and creation of an interface for controlling multiple UAVs in a real-time situation. Named the Uninhabited Air Vehicle Management Interface (UAVMI), it is centered on a 3-dimensional graphical representation of theoperational geographic area. The operator is able to move a 3D cursor around within this geographic volume, selecting groups, paths, and targets in 3D space. This Phase II proposal describes a highly commercializable interface for training operators tocontrol multiple UAVs in a combat situation. Coupled with the latest off-the-shelf input and output hardware, the software will be an intuitive, real-time, graphical, 3D environment that enhances situation awareness as much as possible without perceptualoverload. This system will also be fully compatible with the Mixed Initiative Control for Automa-teams (MICA) Open Experimental Platform (OEP) multiple UAV scenario system. The interface will allow the user to essentially reach into the virtualbattlefield/airspace to control swarms of UAV.

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