Design of Robot Control Interfaces

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-12-C-0216
Agency Tracking Number: D12A-002-0057
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: SB12A-002
Solicitation Number: 2012.A
Small Business Information
Boston Engineering Corporation
411 Waverley Oaks Road, Suite 114, Waltham, MA, -
DUNS: 005313494
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Rufo
 Director, Advanced Systems Group
 (781) 314-0723
 mrufo@boston-engineering.com
Business Contact
 Mark Smithers
Title: VP/ CTO
Phone: (781) 466-8010
Email: msmithers@boston-engineering.com
Research Institution
 University of Massachusetts Lowell
 Holly Yanco
 883 Broadway Street
Lowell, MA, 01854-
 (978) 934-3642
 Nonprofit college or university
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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