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Human Interaction & Visualization Environment (HIVE) for Swarms

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-17-P-1010
Agency Tracking Number: N162-126-0729
Amount: $149,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N162-126
Solicitation Number: 2016.2
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-12-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-04-06
Small Business Information
9180 Brown Deer Road
San Diego, CA 92121
United States
DUNS: 131182388
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 R. Dirk Beer, PhD
 (858) 535-1661
Business Contact
 James Callan, PhD
Phone: (858) 535-1661
Research Institution

Swarming systems are an emerging technology offering new offensive and defensive capabilities, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness for military and commercial unmanned systems. Swarm communication limitations, emergent behaviors, decentralized control, and control of vehicle groups present challenges for human operators interacting with swarms and for the design of swarm systems and user interfaces. In this SBIR, Pacific Science & Engineering (PSE) is addressing these issues by identifying the key human cognitive and perceptual challenges in swarm operations, and engaging in systematic user interface design to develop a Human Interaction & Visualization Environment (HIVE) for Swarms that specifically mitigates those challenges. The HIVE interfaces will integrate concepts and research from ongoing unmanned vehicle control system interface and autonomy efforts, to leverage relevant work and align with development efforts for transition.

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