Multi-Robot Coordination and Pursuit System (MrCoPS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$729,935.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W56HZV-10-C-0149
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-3969
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
A08-204
Solicitation Number:
2008.3
Small Business Information
Architecture Technology Corporation
9977 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
052062833
Principal Investigator:
John Budenske
Staff Scientist
(952) 829-5864
jbudenske@atcorp.com
Business Contact:
Kenneth Thurber
President
(952) 829-5864
kthurber@atcorp.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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.

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