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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-08-C-0322
Agency Tracking Number: 06SB2-0184
Amount: $742,955.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: SB062-009
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
1035 Virginia Drive, Suite 300, Fort Washington, PA, 19034
DUNS: 161162995
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Hicinbothom
 Principal Investigator
 (858) 391-2830
Business Contact
 Phillip Rollhauser
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (215) 542-1400
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 are tending toward robots collaborating 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). Phase II of FIGHT-R research and development is focused on 5 principal objectives to achieve this goal: add mechanisms to handle inter-role conflict, increase resilience when team member "sick", do empirical testing of new/old roles in simulation, and on robots, and demonstrate flexibility of approach both in adding tactical maneuvers and in reusing on various robots. FIGHT-R will enable dynamic teamwork and role reassignments in dynamic, dangerous, real-time multi-tasking (RTMT) domains requiring coordinated movements and physical actions.

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