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Body-aware Robotic Appliqué for Collaborative Evacuation (BRACE)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-19-C-0107
Agency Tracking Number: A2-7606
Amount: $999,993.72
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A17-139
Solicitation Number: 17.3
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-02-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-08-18
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Stan German
 Senior Scientist
 (617) 491-3474
Business Contact
 Yvonne Fuller
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Research Institution

The DoD envisions UMS to provide significant operational benefit to dangerous protection tasks, such as CASEVAC. Such systems have the potential to remove first responders from harm’s way, and improve the outcomes of combat casualties by enabling rapid CASEVAC in hostile conditions and environments. Multiple designs for such platforms exist. However, in addition to requiring active remote control for most tasks, these common-use platforms are likely unable to perform all necessary CASEVAC functions on their own. The DoD’s recent push for multi-mission capable platforms suggests a different approach: employ groups of smaller UMS to support all required CASEVAC functions by leveraging advanced autonomy and collaborative teaming technologies. To meet this need, Charles River Analytics proposes to develop a modular hardware/software Body-aware Robotic Appliqué for Collaborative Evacuation (BRACE). BRACE integrates cutting-edge capabilities in collaborative autonomy, manipulation, supervisory control, and perception, including precise 3D human pose and shape estimation, to ensure safe physical interaction with casualties. These capabilities will enable current and future UMS to maneuver safely and efficiently over land, collaborate with other platforms, and execute specific casualty evacuation tasks, such as lifting a patient to load a standard litter.

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