Building a coherent world view from sensory data

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0260
Agency Tracking Number: 07SB2-0383
Amount: $749,915.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solitcitation Year: 2007
Solitcitation Topic Code: SB072-023
Solitcitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
Traclabs, Inc.
100 Northeast Loop 410, Suite 520, San Antonio, TX, 77216
Duns: 193786014
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Kortenkamp
 Senior Scientist
 (281) 461-7884
Business Contact
 David Kortenkamp
Title: Vice President
Phone: (281) 461-7884
Research Institution
Sensors are proliferating in military applications. From unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) to unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to satellites the amount of video, infrared, range and other data is growing exponentially. These sensors are often stovepiped into their own processing streams with much of the final processing done manually. This proposal aims to create a general purpose sensor-to-symbol architecture that merges all sensor information into a coherent world view that is maintained over time. A sensor-to-symbol architecture regularizes the connections between the sensed physical world and the symbols that represent that world. Our approach consists of representing sensors in a domain-independent language, representing the world in an object ontology and developing a reasoning substrate that connects the two. The reasoning substrate is based on a computational cognitive architecture called Polyscheme. Human stakeholders are tied into the sensor-to-symbol architecture via personal agents that manage the stream of information. The approach will be evaluated using mobile robots that are searching for specific objects in the environment.

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