Hands-Free and Heads-Up Control of Unmanned Ground Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$729,971.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W56HZV-12-C-0298
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4697
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10-142
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
23307 Commerce Park, Beachwood, OH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
032294147
Principal Investigator:
Chris Blanco
Project Manager
(216) 765-8875
cblanco@tamrd.com
Business Contact:
James Harris
President
(216) 765-8875
jimharris@tamrd.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
Think-A-Move"s (TAM"s) Phase II proposal will create a hands-free and heads-up control system for Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs). TAM will build upon the Phase I work by (1) developing and implementing a robust algorithm for spotting spoken commands that will enable the UGV Operator to give speech commands to the UGV completely hands-free, (2) enhancing the performance of TAM"s SPEAR speech recognition system [12] in stressful battlefield conditions, and (3) enhancing two sub-vocal control modes that were developed in Phase I - whisper speech and teeth clicks to make them more robust to noise. TAM will partner with Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) so that the Operator can drive a UGV, with a high level of fidelity, to a location selected by the Operator by using hands-free commands in conjunction with image segmentation and video overlays. In addition, Rockwell Collins will provide soldier worn video display systems that were assessed in Phase I. The proposed Phase II effort will culminate in a demonstration of a hands-free, heads-up system, implemented on a PackBot, that will enable the Operator have a high level of fidelity for control of the system while maintaining his situational awareness.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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