Multi-Agent Based Small Unit Effects Planning and Collaborative Engagement with Unmanned Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-08-C-0011
Agency Tracking Number: A072-032-0959
Amount: $120,069.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-032
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
NUMERICA CORP.
4850 Hahns Peak Drive, Suite 200, Loveland, CO, 80538
DUNS: 956324362
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Shawn Herman
 Program Director
 (970) 461-2000
 smherman@numerica.us
Business Contact
 Stephanie Mueller
Title: Contract Manager
Phone: (970) 461-2000
Email: smueller@numerica.us
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Armed Unmanned Systems (UMSs) will be common in the Future Force Battlespace. In order to make the most efficient use of manpower, control modes with more UMS autonomy are necessary. Numerica envisions a system of multiple aerial and ground vehicles that intelligently prioritizes, tracks, and engages targets in complex environments. The collaborative control algorithm on each UMS will plan its actions based on shared knowledge of targets, platform capabilities, and situational awareness. Local UMS teams will exchange information to resolve conflicts in their plans of action. These actions will then be dynamically re-planned in response to evolving threats and changes in situational awareness. Operators will be able to preempt engagement plans to influence the behavior of the UMS team. Numerica's approach to decentralized collaboration is unique because it simultaneously addresses the limitations in communication resources and UMS onboard processing. To ensure a successful outcome of this effort, Numerica will leverage its expertise in areas such as network-centric tracking, signal processing, communication resource management, and discrete optimization. The value of Numerica's approach to decentralized collaborative engagement using autonomous UMS teams will be illustrated through a proof-of-principle simulation in Phase I and a sensor/control, hardware demonstration in the Phase I option.

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