A Mission Planning and Management System for UGVs with Language Translation and Graphical User Interface

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-11-C-0208
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4286
Amount: $1,387,234.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-204
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Neya Systems, LLC
12300 Perry Hwy, Wexford, PA, -
DUNS: 831883868
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Parag Batavia
 President
 (724) 799-8078
 paragb@neyasystems.com
Business Contact
 Parag Batavia
Title: President
Phone: (724) 799-8078
Email: paragb@neyasystems.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
As robots become more widely employed in tactical operations and gain greater autonomy for doing simple tasks, they must become more integrated into the processes of mission planning and management. This integration will come by means of standardized command and control interfaces mandated by the DoD and developed by the SAE AS-4 JAUS standards activity and proposed and upcoming SAE AS-4 standards Addressing UGV missions will require mission commanders to express mission plans in high level terms, using an intuitive interface, that does not require a significant amount of training, and makes use of symbology, language, and concepts that the war fighter is already familiar with. A mission planning system that exhibits these characteristics will accelerate both the technical and cultural adoption of UGVs within the Army and joint services. We propose to address some of the key questions related to how such a Mission Planning and Management System (MPMS) can be specified, designed, implemented, and tested. In this proposal, we present a plan to develop a fully functional prototype for an MPMS that can support the end-to-end workflow for tactical operations that include robotic support for missions such as route clearance, logistic convoys, persistent stare, and escort.

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