Fundamental Interactions Generating Heterogeneous Teams including Robots (FIGHT-R)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-07-C-0114
Agency Tracking Number: 06SB2-0184
Amount: $98,994.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: SB062-009
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
1035 Virginia Drive, Fort Washington, PA, 19034
DUNS: 161162995
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Hicinbothom
 Principal Investigator
 (858) 618-1060
Business Contact
 Phil Rollhauser
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (215) 542-1412
Research Institution
Fully autonomous, taskable robots for use in unconstrained environments are still a dream rather than a reality because of a host of problems, including capabilities of existing sensors, effectors, and control/planning software. Indeed, concepts of operations for robot use require that robots collaborate directly with humans, in relationships similar to bomb squad dogs. Fortunately, enough progress has been made in many areas to enable realistically envisioning robots with a significant level of autonomy working cooperatively with humans in heterogeneous teams to perform highly-constrained tactical maneuvers (e.g., clearing a room). Such teamwork is more difficult in the chaotic environments often found in combat or disaster situations. Requirements for this level of teamwork raise key questions, including: “What makes a team of experts an expert team? How do effective team members adapt to meet dynamic needs as rapidly as tactical situations evolve?” The proposed team combines world-class expertise in robotics and in understanding and simulating teamwork in order to create a system of Fundamental Interactions Generating Heterogeneous Teams including Robots (FIGHT-R) – enabling dynamic teamwork and role reassignments in dynamic, dangerous, real-time multi-tasking (RTMT) domains requiring coordinated movements and physical actions.

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