Building a coherent world view from sensory data

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$749,946.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-09-C-0260
Award Id:
81289
Agency Tracking Number:
07SB2-0383
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
100 Northeast Loop 410, Suite 520, San Antonio, TX, 77216
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
193786014
Principal Investigator:
David Kortenkamp
Senior Scientist
(281) 461-7884
korten@traclabs.com
Business Contact:
David Kortenkamp
Vice President
(281) 461-7884
korten@traclabs.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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