Autonomy and Visualization Enhancement for Situational Awareness (AVESA) Toolkit

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-11-C-0197
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4450
Amount: $725,219.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-196
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Robotic Research LLC
555 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg, MD, -
DUNS: 121257443
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Alberto Lacaze
 President
 (240) 631-0008
 lacaze@roboticresearch.com
Business Contact
 Alberto Lacaze
Title: President
Phone: (240) 631-0008
Email: lacaze@proboticresearch.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Robotic Research, LLC proposes to continue work on the Autonomy and Visualization Enhancement for Situational Awareness (AVESA) toolkit. The goal of the AVESA toolkit project is to combine greater autonomy with accurate mapping and visualization capabilities for use on any small UGV. In Phase II we will work with the government sponsor to integrate AVESA into the Robotic Collaboration ATO Soldier Machine Interface (SMI) (or another SMI as determined by government sponsor). Using an SMI with AVESA, a soldier can command a small robot to enter and search a structure and return to its original location. During and upon completion of its mission, the visualization and mapping data collected by sensors aboard the robotic platforms will be transmitted and displayed to the SMI. AVESA is designed to work with a variety of sensors; while cameras form the base of the visualization tool, if a LADAR is present on the robot, then that information will be able to be displayed as well. The soldiers are then able to analyze the information prior to entering the structure. Because of AVESA"s capabilities, each soldier knows the basic structural layout, greatly enhancing the team"s situational awareness

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