Interactive Terrain Analysis

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,940.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
W74V8H-04-P-0485
Solitcitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2004
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
A045-001-0054
Solicitation Topic Code:
A04-T001
Small Business Information
SOAR TECHNOLOGY, INC.
3600 Green Court, Suite 600, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
009485124
Principal Investigator
 Randolph Jones
 Chief Scientist
 (207) 872-3831
 rjones@soartech.com
Business Contact
 James Rosbe
Title: President
Phone: (734) 327-8000
Email: rosbe@soartech.com
Research Institution
 Georgia Institute of Technology
 Ronald C Arkin
 Technology Square Research Bdg, Room S27, 85 Fifth St. NW
Atlanta, GA, 30332
 (404) 894-8209
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Although unmanned vehicles see increasing deployment, strategy and tactics are outpacing their technological capabilities. Advances in robotic control, human-systems interfaces, intelligent systems, vehicle autonomy and human-to-vehicle interfaces are required to lower human-to-vehicle ratios to levels required for future combat. We propose an architecture for computer-assisted control that relies on four basic subsystems: Intelligent Agent Interface, Low-Level Feature Processing, Robot Interface, and Human Interface. Each subsystem contains constituent components that have been deployed with success in military applications by the teammates on this proposal. The primary challenge is integrating these into a coherent human-system interface that integrates processed sensory information from robots, situational awareness interpretations and suggested courses of action from a decision support agent, tactical and strategic intelligence information from external sources, and mission intent information (and other data) from the human user. The integrated graphical interface, supplemented with variable levels of interaction with the intelligent decision support agent, will provide mixed levels of initiative and action between human controllers and unmanned ground robotic systems. The team has a unique combination of experience in developing knowledge-intensive intelligent agents, terrain analysis tools and interfaces, robotic platforms and simulators, processing systems for robot sensors and tactical robot control, and usable human-system interfaces.

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