Smart Interaction Device for VTOL UAS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-12-C-0362
Agency Tracking Number: N111-070-0492
Amount: $497,023.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solitcitation Year: 2011
Solitcitation Topic Code: N111-070
Solitcitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
Soar Technology, Inc.
3600 Green Court, Suite 600, Ann Arbor, MI, -
Duns: 009485124
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Glenn Taylor
 Research Scientist
 (734) 887-7620
Business Contact
 Andrew Dallas
Title: Vice President
Phone: (734) 887-7603
Research Institution
Current Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) require a great deal of specialized training and experience to use effectively. Furthermore, their use is dominated by a paradigm of control in which a highly trained operator is giving very precise, low-level commands to a UAS. As UAS become more autonomous, they will require less control, but will instead require input from a range of users, including high-level directions or other kinds of mission-relevant information. However, current operator control units (OCUs) are stuck in the paradigm of explicit control. To take advantage of increasing autonomy and to broaden access to a wider range of users, new kinds of robust natural interfaces, including multiple modes of input and output, must be developed that allow users with various skill levels to interact with UAS in a variety of environments. SoarTech proposes to leverage our prior work on a multi-modal interfaces for interacting with autonomous systems. We will extend this work to the VTOL UAS domain, making it robust to a range of user skill levels and experience, including multiple redundant forms of input and output that are appropriate to a range of environments in which forward deployed units need to interact with autonomous UAS.

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