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Natural Language Dialogue for Supervisory Control of Autonomous Ground Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-10-M-0402
Agency Tracking Number: N102-177-0490
Amount: $69,963.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N102-177
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-10-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
303 Bear Hill Road
Waltham, MA -
United States
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Andrew DeCarlo
 Project Engineer
 (781) 890-1338
Business Contact
 Andrea Hicks
Title: Contracts Supervisor
Phone: (937) 429-9008
Research Institution

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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