PointCom: Semi-Autonomous UGV Control with Intuitive Interface

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$729,904.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W56HZV-06-C-0599
Award Id:
74101
Agency Tracking Number:
A052-219-2672
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3741 Plaza Drive, Suite 1, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
119094493
Principal Investigator:
Mitchell Rohde
Chief Operating Officer
(734) 994-0028
rohde@quantumsignal.com
Business Contact:
Mitchell Rohde
Chief Operating Officer
(734) 994-0028
rohde@quantumsignal.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) will play an important role in the nation's next-generation ground forces. Current plans call for unmanned systems to perform a wide variety of roles, including robotic mule applications, unarmed/armed reconnaissance, and EOD/IED (improvised explosive device) inspection and disposal, and limited-scale deployments in Bosnia, Ground Zero, Afghanistan and Iraq have demonstrated their potential. Control of UGVs is accomplished remotely, through a command system that allows an operator(s) to receive sensor data from the UGV and send motion commands to the vehicle. While the technologies of today are not sufficiently robust for full autonomy under most real-world UGV applications, fully teleoperated devices require mastery of highly complex controls and are thus manpower and attention intensive. Quantum Signal LLC, with consultation from MIT researchers, proposes to develop and experimentally demonstrate a unique, next-generation command and control system for UGVs named PointCom (Point-and-Go Command). PointCom is a semi-autonomous command system for one or multiple UGVs. The system will enable significant reduction in operator workload by leveraging intuitive human-computer interface methods and a fused vision/odometric based navigation system to automate low-level navigation and control tasks. This SBIR Phase 2 project is approximately 6600 man hours over 2 years with a budget of $730,000.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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