Open-Architecture Agent-Based Intelligent Control Framework for Simulation and Execution of Robotic Counter-IED Operations

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W15QKN-12-C-0063
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4956
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11-048
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
Intelligent Automation, Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400, Rockville, MD, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
161911532
Principal Investigator
 Yoichiro Endo
 Research Scientist
 (301) 294-4621
 yendo@i-a-i.com
Business Contact
 Mark James
Title: Director, Contracts&Pro
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Email: mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Today, various mobile robots have already demonstrated their effectiveness in Afghanistan and Iraq, especially in standoff EOD operations. However, the current limitations are that: 1) they are too expensive to be widely distributed across the theaters in order to protect small dismounted units, 2) they lack truly reliable sensors to speedily identify IEDs with a tolerable false alarm rate, and 3) they do not support practical intelligent behaviors in order to expedite IEDD operations. To address these technological challenges, we propose to develop the SNIP, a low-cost robotic IED defeat package to be widely utilized by small dismounted units and help them expedite their operations. The main elements of the proposed SNIP system are: a) Intelligent Behavior Engine: an integrated software framework that supports the development, simulation and control of intelligent behaviors; b) a mid-sized mobile robot platform equipped with various onboard navigation sensors, cameras, etc., together with an OCU designed to provide efficient operator situational awareness; c) a state-of-art IED detection sensor, which will be enhanced during the Phase II effort; and d) effective, low cost defeat mechanism. SNIP is envisioned to provide a high performance solution for IED detection and neutralization in a cost effective package.

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