Taxiing Operations via Gesture Understanding (TOPGUN)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-13-P-1152
Agency Tracking Number: O123-HS3-4032
Amount: $149,993.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD12-HS3
Solicitation Number: 2012.3
Small Business Information
MA, Cambridge, MA, 02138-4555
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Camille Monnier
 Senior Scientist
 (617) 491-3474
Business Contact
 Mark Felix
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Research Institution
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) play an increasingly important role in many military scenarios. For the Navy to incorporate UASsuch as those currently being developed under the Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration (UCAS-D) programinto its critical missions without impacting the current sortie rate, an efficient protocol is needed for handling UAS on aircraft carrier decks. We propose to design and develop a system for Taxiing OPerations via Gesture UNderstanding (TOPGUN). The fundamental premise of our approach is to use the same communication modality (i.e., gestures) for controlling UAS as for piloted aircraft. Our solution uses on-board cameras to track flight deck directors and to recognize their gestures without requiring modifications to operator equipment or to the carrier deck. The underlying software will build on state-of-the-art video-based human tracking, pose estimation, and gesture recognition technologies previously developed by our team to produce an efficient and reliable system for gesture-based control of UAS during carrier deck operations.

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