High Speed Teleoperation with Variable Latency

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-12-C-0012
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4687
Amount: $725,716.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-188
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Mobile Intelligence Corporation
13620 Merriman Road, Livonia, MI, -
DUNS: 176513604
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Douglas MacKenzie
 (734) 367-0430
Business Contact
 William Oseles
Title: Contracting Representativ
Phone: (915) 877-4500
Email: woseles@mobile-intelligence.com
Research Institution
Teleoperation of high speed ground robots is very difficult. People use an enormous amount of proprioceptive cues to estimate safe travel speeds and compensate for motion jitter. Simply moving the controls off-board takes away those cues, and makes the task much harder. Worse, the reality of radio links dictates that latency will appear between the time at which a movement is commanded and the time when the video display reflects the resulting vehicle motion. To solve this problem, MIC will apply two complementary techniques to improve the vehicle safety and operator experience of high-speed teleoperation with variable latency. First, we will develop a horse-like semi-autonomy system to change the experience of teleoperating a high speed robot from requiring constant control into something akin to driving a horse and buggy. Second, an enhanced display pre-processing system will synthesize missing images during periods of packet loss or high latency by projecting the vehicles movement and warping the last image to create the missing frame, and stabilize the images to remove high-frequency motion. These processes will be combined into a Supervised Autonomous Mobility Control (SAM-C) software subsystem hosted on a JAUS compliant computing device meeting Army standards for robotic systems.

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