Autonomous Vehicle Management System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-02-C-3035
Agency Tracking Number: N01-191-08
Amount: $69,656.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Scientific Systems Co., Inc.
500 West Cummings Park, Suite 3000, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 859244204
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jovan Boskovic
 Senior Research Engineer
 (781) 933-5355
 jovan@ssci.com
Business Contact
 Raman Mehra
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (781) 933-5355
Email: rkm@ssci.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"We propose to develop a Decision Aiding Tool (DAT) for operators ofmultiple UAVs. The tool will consist of the following: (i) Auser-friendly operator interface based on Multiple Unified SimulationEnvironment (MUSE); (ii) Finite-State Machine (FSM) based software fordetermining the status of subsystems and components in multiple UAVs;(iii) On-line trajectory generation software for trajectoryreconfiguration in response to the dynamically changing environments;and (iv) Fault-tolerant control software. The main idea behind theproposed approach is to migrate a number of tasks from the operator tothe intelligent DAT that will enable straightforward operation ofmultiple UAVs. In order to achieve these objectives, we propose tocarry out the following tasks: (i) Problem formulation; (ii)System-wide health monitoring and status determination; (iii)Autonomous trajectory reconfiguration in response to pop-up threats;(iv) Develop an integrated Operator Aiding (OpAID) simulation; (v)Demonstrate the new capabilities enabled by the proposed tool. Thefeasibility of the proposed approach will be evaluated using a VTUAVsimulation and an integrated simulation environment to be develpedthrough a joint effort of SSCI, Altair and Draper Lab. Potential applications of the proposed OpAID system, combiningeffective health monitoring, status determination, and fault tolerantop

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