Cooperative Control of Small Unmanned Assets (CCSUA)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-10-C-0111
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4194
Amount: $1,531,930.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-036
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
Robotic Research LLC
555 Quince Orchard Road, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD, 20878
DUNS: 121257443
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Alberto Lacaze
 President
 (240) 631-0008
 lacaze@roboticresearch.com
Business Contact
 Alberto Lacaze
Title: President
Phone: (240) 631-0008
Email: lacaze@roboticresearch.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Multiple classes of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) are required to complete many modern, complex missions. Just as with humans, UGVs typically specialize in a small subset of critical tasks. Most work with UGV systems is based around the principle of making a platform optimally perform its tasks. However, this approach will never yield a “sum is greater than the parts” solution because it lacks focus on cooperation between heterogeneous UGVs. There is no methodology to elegantly and automatically fuse each UGV’s capabilities into a greater, common framework. For example, how can the IED-disposal capabilities of a TALON be fused with the long range capability of an autonomous Stryker? During Phase I of Cooperative Control of Small Unmanned assets (CCSU), Robotic Research, LLC began combining state-of-the-art unmanned systems technologies together with algorithms that provide superior, cooperative control of heterogeneous unmanned systems. Under the proposed Phase II effort, Robotic Research will expand on this work to create the prototype CCSU system. Phase II will result in a system tested and demonstrated under a wide variety of relevant scenarios while utilizing numerous heterogeneous UGVs.

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