ODETTE - Automated Model Learning and Simulation of Carrier Deck Operations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-13-P-1103
Agency Tracking Number: N131-075-0295
Amount: $79,904.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solitcitation Year: 2013
Solitcitation Topic Code: N131-075
Solitcitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
MA, Cambridge, MA, 02142-1189
Duns: 604717165
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Raghvendra Cowlagi
 GNC Engineer
 (617) 229-6810
 rcowlagi@aurora.aero
Business Contact
 Scott Hart
Title: Financial Analyst
Phone: (617) 500-4892
Email: shart@aurora.aero
Research Institution
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Abstract
Unmanned and partially autonomous aerial systems (UAS) and intelligent decision support systems have become integral components of emerging large-scale cyber-physical systems that will be involved in future military operations. Aircraft carrier decks will be central to many such operations involving multiple UAS, traditional piloted aircraft, sensory equipment, and human operators. Aurora Flight Sciences proposes to develop an algorithmic toolkit, called ODETTE (Observation-based Discrete Event Training and Test Environment), for automatically modeling carrier deck operations based on observed traffic flow data. The proposed research will enable analyses and simulations of future carrier deck operations involving new elements such as UAS and autonomous decision support systems. The proposed research is summarized as follows: We will develop a Markov Decision Process model of carrier deck operations, and survey various existing algorithms for learning of unknown state transition relations in MDPs. To address scalability, we will investigate modifications of these algorithms that are incremental and operate in a multi-resolution framework. Finally, we will develop a relatively high-fidelity software simulation of carrier deck operations, including the simulation of various sub-systems and human operators involved. This simulation environment will be used throughout the duration of the proposed research for validation and testing of the model generator.

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