Open-Architecture Agent-Based Intelligent Control Framework for Simulation and Execution of Robotic Counter-IED Operations

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$100,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W15QKN-11-C-0139
Solitcitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2011
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
A111-048-0611
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11-048
Small Business Information
Intelligent Automation, Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400, Rockville, MD, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
161911532
Principal Investigator
 Yoichiro Endo
 Research Scientist
 (301) 294-4621
 yendo@i-a-i.com
Business Contact
 Mark James
Title: Director, Contracts and Proposals
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Email: mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
The fluid nature of the contemporary IED-based warfare necessitates the coalition forces to carry out IED defeat missions in a highly flexible and adaptive manner. To support this need, Intelligent Automation Inc., with collaboration from Black-I Robotics, will utilize its expertise in robotics, sensors, software engineering, mechanical engineering, and counter-IED technology to develop an open-architecture agent-based intelligent control framework that facilitates rapid prototyping and execution of robotic counter-IED operations including standoff detection/neutralization of IED threats as well as simple shared control driving. The key innovation includes a novel software toolset called DCF-CIED. Extended from IAI"s COTS product, Distributed Control Framework (DCF), the JAUS-compliant DCF-CIED provides the military personnel with a universal robotic software framework to rapidly develop a new robot behavior for a new mission specification or a new hardware configuration (e.g., sensors, actuators, robot platforms, etc.). The built-in simulator allows them to perform simulated, mixed-model (virtual and live/hardware in the loop), and live testing of the behavior before actual execution of the mission. As to demonstrate its utility, using this framework, robust counter-IED behaviors for deep insertion missions are going to be developed in this project.

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