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TerrAdapt: A system for autonomous terrain classification and terrain-adaptive driving

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-11-C-0503
Agency Tracking Number: A11A-033-0187
Amount: $99,940.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A11a-T033
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-09-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
200 N. Ann Arbor St.
Saline, MI 48176-
United States
DUNS: 119094493
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Mitchell Rohde
 Chief Executive Officer
 (734) 429-9100
Business Contact
 Mitchell Rohde
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (734) 429-9100
Research Institution
 Massachusetts Institute of Technol
 Karl Iagnemma
77 Massachusetts Avenue Room 35-237A
Cambridge, MA 02139-
United States

 (617) 452-3262
 Nonprofit college or university

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Quantum Signal LLC propose to research and develop the TerrAdapt system for terrain classification and vehicle driving control. This work will result in fundamental research advances, but will be practical enough for application on today"s COTS vehicle platforms. The system will maximize vehicle mobility due to the following key features: 1) TerrAdapt will merge both proprioceptive and exteroceptive sensor inputs to obtain a rich, physics-based prediction of terrain properties; 2) TerrAdapt will employ state-of-the-art methods for terrain classification to allow the system to learn from experience, and adapt to changing terrain conditions; 3) TerrAdapt will ensure safe vehicle control, and will enable automatic avoidance of both geometric and non-geometric hazards; 4) TerrAdapt will be applicable to both semi-autonomous systems and fully autonomous vehicles; 5) TerrAdapt will rely on low-cost COTS hardware, and be designed as an"add on kit"for integration with existing vehicle platforms.

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