Mission Language Translator (MLT)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-10-C-0214
Agency Tracking Number: A093-204-0246
Amount: $69,930.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-204
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Peter Weyhrauch
 Senior Scientist
 (617) 491-3474
 pweyhrauch@cra.com
Business Contact
 Ninos Hanna
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Email: mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Unmanned robotic systems are a vital component of today’s military operations. They are useful for reconnaissance, security, logistics, and support, including very high risk operations. Military Commanders and their staffs need to be able to control these system in the field based on dynamic mission needs, but they do not have the necessary skills to program robots in their native control languages, which are better suited for computer scientists and roboticists. Military Commanders and their staffs should be able to specify high-level, autonomous missions for such unmanned systems using familiar military conventions, such as Commander’s intent, mission objectives, maps with icons and tactical graphics, and other high-level task specifications. We propose to design and demonstrate the feasibility of the Mission Language Translator (MLT), a system that gives Commanders and command staffs the capability to control robotic systems by specifying missions and Commander’s intent in a natural and intuitive manner and that translates such high-level mission plans into low-level robotic commands for autonomous mission execution.

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