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LINUS: An Intelligent Digital Assistant for UAM Operators

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC21C0362
Agency Tracking Number: 212736
Amount: $124,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T11
Solicitation Number: STTR_21_P1
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-05-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-06-19
Small Business Information
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 190
Rockville, MD 20855-2814
United States
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 (240) 406-5506
Business Contact
 Robin Beahm
Phone: (301) 294-5220
Research Institution
 University of Maryland
7809 Regents Drive, Lee Building 3112
College Park, MD 20742-5141
United States

 Nonprofit College or University

Intelligent Automation, Inc. (IAI), along with its teammate University of Maryland propose to develop LINUS, an InteLligent DIgital AssistaNt for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) OperatorS. The key innovation of this project is the development and integration of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), Natural Language Understanding (NLU), and Text-to-Speech (TTS) along with their acoustic and UAM developed Language Models to create a digital assistant for UAM Operators. UAM is emerging as a viable alternative to ground and air transportation modes and the UAM Concept of Operations (UAM ConOps) describes a phased-in approach to UAM operations in the National Airspace System (NAS). The roles and responsibilities assigned to operators of UAM will require new technologies and capabilities to achieve this. The IAI Team proposes an intelligent digital assistant (IDA) to assist UAM Operators and Pilots-in-charge in the planning and execution of UAM operations. The core objective of our LINUS project is to develop a natural language artificial intelligence-powered interactive assistant to UAM operators for conducting UAM operations to help manage operator workload. Assistive tasks performed by LINUS will include flight planning, flight following, and contingency management.nbsp; A secondary objective, is to develop a standard API to enable integration with future backend AI-based intelligent information systems. For this proposed project, we intend to leverage prior work that developed a chatbot for comfortably discussing and reporting symptoms, and Intelligent Digital Assistant (IDA) project that developed technology to ease operational pressures on Sailors interacting with complex Navy Combat Systems. IDA integrates state-of-the-art ASR, NLU, and TTS architectures coupled with domain specific neural acoustic models for ASR and domain specific language models for ASR, NLU, and TTS.

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