Motive and Affect-based Robotic Control (MARC)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Amount:
$99,956.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-07-M-0148
Agency Tracking Number:
O063-UM7-4100
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD06-UM7
Solicitation Number:
2006.3
Small Business Information
CHI SYSTEMS, INC.
1035 Virginia Drive, Suite 300, Fort Washington, PA, 19034
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
161162995
Principal Investigator
 Wayne Zachary
 Principal Investigator
 (215) 542-1400
 wzachary@chisystems.com
Business Contact
 Phil Rollhauser
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (215) 542-1400
Email: prollhauser@chisystems.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Wider use of robotic and uninhabited vehicles is limited by needs for UxVs to be intermittently out of direct operator control and thus operate under relative autonomy, and for a simple and efficient human controller interface. This proposal addresses both issues by using human-human interaction and communication as a metaphor. Specifically, it seeks to achieve UxV control/autonomy through an on-board cognitive architecture that is not merely purposive, but also based on human-understandable motives and affective states. This forms the basis for a more robust UxV autonomy and, in turn, allows a more abstracted form of control from the human controller (in terms of motive and affective states). This concept is called MARC (Motive and Affect-based Robotic Control). Phase I will adapt a motive/affect-based cognitive architecture called PAC to use as MARC. Three key Phase I objectives are: adapting PAC to the UxV control/autonomy problem; defining a realistic interface to the existing (and typically low-level) UxV control mechanisms, and defining a MARC-based human controller interface based on motives, affective states, and lower-level mission goals/objectives. Feasibility is established through an evaluative human-in-the-loop experiment comparing control of MARC-based simulated UxVs with UxVs with more traditional control mechanisms.

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