Human and Unmanned Teams for Tracking Elusive Dismounts (HUNTED)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$239,979.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-08-C-1412
Agency Tracking Number:
O063-UM2-1035
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD06-UM2
Solicitation Number:
2006.3
Small Business Information
21ST CENTURY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
4515 Seton Center Parkway, Suite 320, Austin, TX, 78759
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
158034665
Principal Investigator:
Thayne Coffman
Principal Scientist
(512) 342-0010
tcoffman@21technologies.com
Business Contact:
Irene Williams
COO
(512) 342-0010
SBIR_ADMIN@21technologies.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
21st Century Technologies, Inc. (21CT) presents the Human and Unmanned Teaming for Tracking Elusive Dismounts (HUNTED) effort. HUNTED gives small units direct control over a coordinated team of two or more unmanned systems (UMS) to perform superior search, detection, and tracking of elusive pedestrian targets in an urban environment. Our novel approach combines 3D environment knowledge with a unique non-linear target behavior prediction method. HUNTED applies the game theory tenant that the target’s behavior can be actively shaped by the pursuer’s behavior, and provides a novel solution to the problem that achieves superior operational performance with lower operator workload. Using our approach, HUNTED proactively places collaborating UMSs to cover each other’s blind spots, cooperatively hunt a target instead of merely tracking it, and corral and drive the target towards a desired location. This enables teams of UMSs to succeed in tracking tasks at which a single UMS would fail. By doing so, HUNTED will surpass the operational performance of today’s approaches to tracking elusive pedestrian targets in urban areas. HUNTED Phase 2 culminates in a staged field demonstration where ACR Silver Fox™ UAVs fly HUNTED-computed goals and flight paths to demonstrate a superior ability to maintain eyes on target.

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