Multi-vehicle OCU for Control and Awareness (MOCA)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-12-C-A119
Agency Tracking Number: A121-036-0337
Amount: $99,924.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-036
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
Robotic Research LLC
555 Quince Orchard Road, Suite 300, Ga, MD, -
DUNS: 121257443
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Alberto Lacaze
 (240) 631-0008
Business Contact
 Alberto Lacaze
Title: President
Phone: (240) 631-0008
Research Institution
This project will develop an operator control unit (OCU) which is capable of simultaneously controlling a heterogeneous mix of autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles, both land and air, with varying capabilities, and while avoiding operator overload. Current control units suffer from three distinct flaws. 1) The user interface is vehicle centric, where status information and commands are specific to one vehicle at a time. Usually this constrains a single operator to control one or maybe a few assets from a single station, preventing the type of force multiplication required for any other mission than single vehicle tele-operation. 2) Also, they usually overload the operator with too much information and too many controls to make quick mission-level decisions, or to even accurately understand the mission state, both at the global and the situational awareness levels. 3) Furthermore, the status information and controls are not contextually applicable to the task being executed. The proposed OCU will allow for a group of heterogeneous land/air/sea platforms to connect through an open architecture, while using various interface techniques to mitigate operator overload. The result will be a control unit which allows for fast, mission-level decisions with the best contextually applicable knowledge available at any given time.

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