Mobility Optimization via Enhanced Robotic Sensing (MOVERS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-12-C-0001
Agency Tracking Number: A11A-033-0290
Amount: $99,931.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11a-T033
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Small Business Information
555 Quince Orchard Road, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD, -
DUNS: 121257443
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Karl Kluge
 Senior Engineer
 (240) 631-0008
 Kluge@roboticresearch.com
Business Contact
 Alberto Lacaze
Title: President
Phone: (240) 631-0008
Email: lacaze@roboticresearch.com
Research Institution
 Jet Propulsion Laboratory
 Douglas Gilbertson
 4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA, 91109-8001
 (818) 393-3458
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract
Robotic Research in partnership with Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) proposes to develop the Mobility Optimization via Enhanced Robotic Sensing (MOVERS) system for any two-wheeled, four-wheeled or tracked robotic platform to autonomously perform hazardous terrain detection and classification and adjust its driving control strategy to safely negotiate hazardous terrain. Our goal is to develop automatic terrain classification and motion-control algorithms that will enable medical robots and mobility assist devices currently being developed by the US military to negotiate hazardous terrain. Various unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) are being developed for search and rescue missions, casualty extraction, and other vital tasks. These platforms may have to drive through ice, mud, sand, loose/thick gravel, steep inclines and hills during their mission. These conditions can cause wheel/track slippage, sinkage or in the worst case, overturn, resulting in mission failure or endangering the life of a warfighter. Another application of this proposed technology is to assist wounded soldiers and disabled veterans who use electric powered wheel chairs (EPWs). This technology could help a disabled veteran navigate slippery/wet, sandy or muddy terrain by detecting the hazardous terrain type and adjusting the driving parameters of the EPW to safely drive without getting stuck or overturning.

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