Plan Understanding & Mission Assessment (PUMA)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-05-M-0201
Agency Tracking Number: N054-017-0442
Amount: $69,953.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-T017
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
SMART INFORMATION FLOW TECHNOLOGIES, D/B
211 N 1st St., Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN, 55401
DUNS: 103477993
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Goldman
 Senior Researcher
 (612) 339-7438
 rpgoldman@SIFT.info
Business Contact
 Harry Funk
Title: VP R&D
Phone: (612) 339-7438
Email: hfunk@SIFT.info
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF VIRGINIA
 D.E. Van
 122 Engineer's Way, PO Box 400257
Charlottesville, VA, 22904
 (434) 924-6272
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Two technologies with nearly perfect complementary capabilities are combined in this project. Univer-sity of Virginia has developed the Tactical Interface for Monitoring and Retargeting (TIMR), based on recent Tactical Tomahawk work. This provides decision aiding and an underlying simulation platform, but by design provides no autonomous planning capability. SIFT has developed PlaybookT, an intelli-gent autonomy capability for multiple, heterogeneous unmanned vehicle management, with sophisticated abilities to suggest near-optimal plans through constraint relaxation in overconstrained situations, but minimal capabilities for execution monitoring and intervention. In this project, we integrate Playbook and TIMR to create a Plan Understanding and Mission Assessment (PUMA) system. Playbook, and the associated task and resource models for execution, provide a controllable level of autonomy in PUMA, which will allow examination of the utility of these tools under various autonomous capability scenarios.

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