Real Time 3-D Modeling and Immersive Visualization for Enhanced Soldier Situation Awareness

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,575.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W15QKN-12-P-0148
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A12A-003-0320
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
A12a-T003
Solicitation Number:
2012.A
Small Business Information
Ten 40th Street, Pittsburgh, PA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
796315492
Principal Investigator:
David LaRose
Director, Software Eng
(412) 327-3970
dlr@carnegierobotics.com
Business Contact:
Dan Beaven
Controller
(412) 867-9443
dkbeaven@carnegierobotics.com
Research Institute:
Carnegie Mellon University
Joanne Kyriacopoulos
National Robotics Eng. Ctr
10 40th Street
Pittsburgh, PA, 15213-
(412) 681-6739
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
We propose a rapid mapping and 3-D visualization system especially suited for tunnels, urban"canyons", inside buildings and other environments where GPS may be poor or not available. The system includes mobile Sensor Nodes (mobile robots in our Phase I) that wirelessly supply compressed 3D range data and color imagery to a central Fusion Node. The Fusion Node runs 3D reconstruction and model-building algorithms, fusing data from one or more Sensor Nodes to generate an integrated model of the battlespace. Texture mapped 3D imagery, drawn from this model, is delivered to unit leader and soldier via Dismount Nodes (hand-held devices or Smartphones), allowing overhead and immersive display of the accumulated model. This capability enables a range of activities including mission planning, coordination between troops, and tactical rehearsals. During engagement the system helps increase situational awareness by allowing soldiers to"look through walls"and, if GPS is available, monitor their fellow team members"locations. Our system is based upon existing, proven technology: The robot, GPS-denied pose system and colorized laser sensor are Carnegie Robotics products. The 3D colorized modeling and dataset registration software sources from our Research Institution partner, Carnegie Mellon University"s NREC.

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