Multipurpose Automated Steward (MAS): A Versatile System for Autonomous Shipboard Cleaning

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-11-C-4137
Agency Tracking Number: N092-123-1105
Amount: $399,315.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2009
Solitcitation Topic Code: N092-123
Solitcitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
ProtoInnovations, LLC
5453 Albemarle Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15217-1132
Duns: 621287403
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dimi Apostolopoulos
 Member&Chief Scientist
 (412) 916-8807
 da1v@protoinnovations.com
Business Contact
 Dimi Apostolopoulos
Title: Member&Chief Scientist
Phone: (412) 916-8807
Email: da1v@protoinnovations.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
ProtoInnovations is developing a reliable, capable, and manufacturable autonomous shipboard cleaning system to unburden ship crews from the most laborious daily cleaning tasks. Our system, known as the Modular Automated Steward (MAS), features: Versatility to work in any shipboard environment thanks to its suite of cleaning implements. Our MAS design allows for quick change-out of individual cleaning tools or utility modules that contain multiple cleaning tools. Modularity to be quickly disassembled and easily hand-carried up ladders or through tight passageways to deliver at the next job. Maintainability and manufacturability through elegantly simple chassis, drivetrain, and power design. Intelligence to work reliably and effectively alongside busy crews, through complex spaces, and in real-world environments. Unlike other autonomous vehicles, MAS is designed to work alongside personnel in the same room. It doesn"t wander through the ship, haphazardly avoiding objects. Rather, MAS automatically cleans around active work areas without direct oversight, prioritizing less-traveled areas first and requesting access from personnel if necessary. It will reliably maintain safe standoff distances from personnel and equipment at all times and across lighting conditions.

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