An Autonomous Control Package for UGVs

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Amount:
$120,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W56HZV-06-C-0057
Agency Tracking Number:
A052-219-2888
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
A05-219
Solicitation Number:
2005.2
Small Business Information
MOBILE INTELLIGENCE CORP.
33150 Schoolcraft Road, Suite 108, 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 Brehob MacKenzie
Title: Vice President
Phone: (734) 367-0430
Email: karen@mobile-intelligence.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
We propose building a bolt-on controller for teleoperated robots that provides autonomous operations in collaboration with the human operator. This will include a "follow that" capability where the robot will follow the operator or vehicle at a distance using vision, and a "go there" capability that will follow a path sketched on an image viewed from the robot's navigation camera. We will also explore the possibility of recognizing a small number of hand signals to allow controlling the robot without the screen-based interface. The operator will have full teleoperation capabilities to recover from failures. The system will use stereo vision for obstacle avoidance and visual odometry, avoiding relying on GPS and LADAR which are prone to failures. The operator control unit will be constructed from a standard hand-held computer with a wireless network to the robot. Bluetooth and 802.11 networks will be evaluated with respect to the emissions requirements and desired functionality to select the interface.

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