A JAUS-Compliant Self-Contained Autonomous Control Unit for UGVs

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$730,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W56HZV-06-C-0578
Agency Tracking Number:
A052-219-2888
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
A05-219
Solicitation Number:
2005.2
Small Business Information
MOBILE INTELLIGENCE CORPORATION
33150 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, MI, 48150
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
176513604
Principal Investigator:
Douglas MacKenzie
President
(734) 367-0430
doug@mobile-intelligence.com
Business Contact:
Karen MacKenzie
Vice President
(734) 367-0430
karen@mobile-intelligence.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
We propose building an open architecture, JAUS-compliant, bolt-on controller for unmanned ground robots that provides autonomous operations in collaboration with the human operator. This will be delivered in two ways: First, as a “black box” that can be mounted on any JAUS-compliant platform and take control to provide autonomous capabilities. Second, as a suite of C++ packages with documented APIs that can be used in other DoD systems to incorporate capabilities from this project, all or in part. The Autonomous Control Unit’s capabilities will include: “Follow Me” where the robot follows the operator, “Follow That” follows a soldier or vehicle, “Go There” drives to a location marked on an image viewed from the robot’s navigation camera, and “Follow Path” follows a path sketched on a navigation camera image. The system will also recognize a set of standard military hand signals to visually engage and control the “Follow Me” behavior. The user interface is built on the open-source GTK+ graphics library, under Linux and Windows. It communicates with the ACU over standard TCP/IP, using an open, documented, communications protocol. This will allow easily porting the OCU to other systems, or replacing it with an existing user interface.

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