ODETTE - Automated Model Learning and Simulation of Carrier Deck Operations

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$79,904.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-13-P-1103
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N131-075-0295
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
N131-075
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Small Business Information
MA, Cambridge, MA, 02142-1189
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
604717165
Principal Investigator:
Raghvendra Cowlagi
GNC Engineer
(617) 229-6810
rcowlagi@aurora.aero
Business Contact:
Scott Hart
Financial Analyst
(617) 500-4892
shart@aurora.aero
Research Institution:
Stub




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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