Natural Language Dialogue for Supervisory Control of Autonomous Ground Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,963.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-10-M-0402
Agency Tracking Number:
N102-177-0490
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N102-177
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004627316
Principal Investigator:
Andrew DeCarlo
Project Engineer
(781) 890-1338
adecarlo@infoscitex.com
Business Contact:
Andrea Hicks
Contracts Supervisor
(937) 429-9008
ahicks@infoscitex.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
As unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) gain prominence in Navy applications and across the DoD, solutions are needed to reduce the human operator"s cognitive workload. Unburdening the human operator from all but the executive UGV control duties allows the human to focus on other duties, and therefore improves the human"s situational awareness. On the other hand, techniques that totally unburden the human operator are impractical, resulting in heavy training burdens and high computational overhead. Even interfaces that allow the human to interact with the UGV in a natural way, through gestures and speech, use such constrained syntaxes that the interface increases the operator"s cognitive workload. To meet the Navy"s needs, Infoscitex (IST) is pleased to propose Unstructured Speech And Gesture Evaluation (USAGE) for Heads-up, Hands-free UGV Control. USAGE contains a robust human-machine interface that allows human operators to control UGVs naturally, without additional cognitive workload, and without reduction in situational awareness.

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