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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$742,955.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-08-C-0322
Award Id:
76906
Agency Tracking Number:
06SB2-0184
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1035 Virginia Drive, Suite 300, Fort Washington, PA, 19034
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
161162995
Principal Investigator:
James Hicinbothom
Principal Investigator
(858) 391-2830
jhicinbothom@chisystems.com
Business Contact:
Phillip Rollhauser
Director of Contracts
(215) 542-1400
prollhauser@chisystems.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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