Motive and Affect-based Robotic Control (MARC)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$742,044.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-08-C-0736
Award Id:
83097
Agency Tracking Number:
O063-UM7-4100
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:
Wayne Zachary
Principal Investigator
(215) 542-1400
wzachary@chisystems.com
Business Contact:
Phillip Rollhauser
Director of Contracts
(215) 542-1400
prollhauser@chisystems.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
This project addresses two core challenges to wider and more effective use of robotic and uninhabited vehicles (UxVs), the need for more robust and understandable autonomy, and for simplified, intuitive, and more learnable human control mechanisms. The Phase I effort created an advanced control mechanism and interface for UxVs based on PAC, an innovative cognitive model of personality and emotion. The resulting PAC-based design is named MARC -- Motive and Affect-based Robotic Control. MARC is intended to translate between 'ordinary personality and emotion language' - the kind the human UxV controller might use in communicating with other people -- and underlying computational structures that control the UxV. Phase I used the biologically inspired PAC software to build a proof-of-concept MARC prototype that controlled multiple simulated UxVs. A human-in-the-loop experiment compared the MARC prototype with a more conventional UxV control mechanism, and found that MARC led to significantly fewer errors, lower workload, and higher mission accomplishment in comparison to the conventional control paradigm. The goal of the Phase II effort (base and option) is to bring MARC to TRL 6 through complete component development and demonstration of an integrated MARC in a relevant operational environment.

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