Visible Electro-Optical (EO) System and LIDAR Fusion for Low Cost Perception by Autonomous Ground Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$499,095.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-13-C-0086
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N11A-020-0553
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N11A-T020
Solicitation Number:
2011.A
Small Business Information
6800 Cortona Drive, Goleta, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
054672662
Principal Investigator:
Andrew Brown
Senior Analyst
(805) 968-6787
abrown@toyon.com
Business Contact:
Marcella Lindbery
Director of Contracts
(805) 968-6787
mlindbery@toyon.com
Research Institution:
Missouri Univ. of Science&Tech.
K. Krishnamurthy
202 Centennial Hall
300 West 12th Street
Rolla, MO, 65409-
(573) 341-4134
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The Toyon-MST team proposes to perform research and development of a system which fuses multi-spectral EO and 3D data collected with a low-cost LIDAR to enable improved perception for unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). The scope of the proposed work includes development of algorithms and software, and development, implementation, integration, testing, and delivery of a prototype, to perform EO-LIDAR fusion enabling improved navigation and obstacle avoidance by Navy UGVs. The proposed Phase II effort includes development of innovative algorithms and efficient software for auto-calibration of the multi-spectral EO and LIDAR sensors. The purpose of this development is to enable effective multi-sensor fusion, including stereo EO range estimation, multi-spectral EO terrain classification, and fusion of EO and LIDAR data for improved 3D imaging and terrain/obstacle classification. The proposed Phase II effort also includes development of innovative algorithms and efficient software for EO-LIDAR fusion for 3D imaging with improved resolution and accuracy, and for terrain characterization, including detection of obstacles hidden in vegetation such as tall grass. The focus of initial development is on mid-to-large-sized UGVs, such as the EV1 HMMVW and EV2 ITV developmental Navy UGV platforms, capable of carrying large equipment loads and improving mobility for marine expeditionary forces.

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