Multi-Robot Coordination and Pursuit System (MrCoPS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-10-C-0149
Agency Tracking Number: A2-3969
Amount: $729,935.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-204
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
9977 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN, -
DUNS: 052062833
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Budenske
 Staff Scientist
 (952) 829-5864
Business Contact
 Kenneth Thurber
Title: President
Phone: (952) 829-5864
Research Institution
As autonomous systems are increasingly employed for combat support, many of the applicable missions require coordination of multiple unmanned systems. Robot-human teams present a number of communication, resource-allocation, task-coordination, and general-interaction challenges. Architecture Technology Corporation proposes a multi-robot coordination system for search, and mapping in urban environments that allows a human operator to guide an autonomous-robot team through an urban structure. The robot team maps the structure''s interior providing the operator with a visualization of the structure''s interior and points of interest without risking human life. In short, the coordination system maximizes situational awareness and mission success while minimizing the injury risk to both friendly combatants and civilians. Our approach is scalable to arbitrary numbers of robotic and human team members, and interoperates with ground-based robotics and other autonomous systems such as micro-UAVs and sensor networks. The completed Phase I research produced a system architecture; the proposed Phase II effort will concentrate on prototype implementation. A Phase III effort would focus on technology insertion into an ongoing DOD program.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

Agency Micro-sites

SBA logo
Department of Agriculture logo
Department of Commerce logo
Department of Defense logo
Department of Education logo
Department of Energy logo
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Homeland Security logo
Department of Transportation logo
Environmental Protection Agency logo
National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo
National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government