Multi-Vehicle Coordinated Autonomy System for SHARC USV

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$513,248.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00024-12-C-4515
Agency Tracking Number:
N093-207-0203
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
N093-207
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Small Business Information
Liquid Robotics, Inc.
1329 Moffett Park Dr., Sunnyvale, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
793657128
Principal Investigator:
Robert Olson
VP Software&ElectricalE
(408) 636-4235
robert.olson@liquidr.com
Business Contact:
Charlene Nakamura
Controller
(408) 636-4259
charlene.nakamura@liquidr.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The primary objective of our proposed Phase II effort is to develop a centralized multi-vehicle coordinated autonomy framework for the control of large numbers (10"s to 100"s) of SHARC (or other) unmanned surface vehicles to enable execution of several military, commercial, and science missions that otherwise could not be conducted using conventional tools for operational oversight, monitoring, and command and control at the level of individual vehicles. We are also focused on reducing the cognitive load on vehicle operators as an intended, and much needed, consequence of our proposed development efforts. Our Phase II efforts will result in the creation, validation, demonstration, and delivery of: 1) An open-architecture and modular framework for centralized autonomous control of large numbers of vehicles. This autonomy framework will include an underlying messaging and behavior arbitration mechanisms. 2) A suite of autonomous behavior modules to include general-purpose"archetype"formations of multiple vehicles as well as several mission-specific"tactical"behaviors to address a wide variety of missions of interests. 3) Modular extensions to the WGMS and GLMPC operator interfaces to allow vehicle operators to define, execute, monitor, and exert group-level supervisory control over missions involving large numbers of vehicles.

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