Design of Robot Control Interfaces

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-12-C-0216
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
D12A-002-0057
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB12A-002
Solicitation Number:
2012.A
Small Business Information
411 Waverley Oaks Road, Suite 114, Waltham, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
005313494
Principal Investigator:
MichaelRufo
Director, Advanced Systems Group
(781) 314-0723
mrufo@boston-engineering.com
Business Contact:
MarkSmithers
VP/ CTO
(781) 466-8010
msmithers@boston-engineering.com
Research Institute:
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Holly Yanco
883 Broadway Street
Lowell, MA, 01854-
(978) 934-3642

Abstract
Boston Engineering"s Advanced Systems Group and Dr. Holly Yanco"s team at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell propose to develop a design science for robot operator interfaces and demonstrate its application through existing design tools and prototype systems that reduce operator training time, maximize the ability of an operator - robot team to maintain synchronization, and provide a baseline for the future execution of unmanned systems tasks at a normal military operational tempo. This science, named R-LUCID, leverages the fact that technology is providing sensors that can enable low-level autonomy but converts the art of interface design to a science by investigating and developing the metrics, techniques, and scenario-based approaches required. Additionally, this effort provides a unique method for generating a control ontology based on how humans are designed to perceive and use interface cues such that robot architecture could be developed to match, reducing the latencies and other operational tempo-slowing components of user and robot interaction further and further. This team is uniquely capable of performing this effort in a comprehensive and time-effective manner with valuable outputs available at stages of development considered to be far earlier than competitive efforts.

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