Real Time 3-D Modeling and Immersive Visualization for Enhanced Soldier Situation Awareness

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$749,557.00
Award Year:
2014
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W15QKN-14-C-0023
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-5495
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
A12a-T003
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
Carnegie Robotics LLC
Ten 40th Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15201
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
000000000
Principal Investigator:
David LaRose
Director Software Engineering
(412) 327-3970
dlr@carnegierobotics.com
Business Contact:
Dan Beaven
Dr.
(412) 251-0317
dkbeaven@carnegierobotics.com
Research Institution:
Carnegie Mellon University
Lynn Young
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15201
(412) 268-1206
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
We propose a rapid mapping and 3-D visualization system especially suited for inside buildings, tunnels, urban canyons, and other environments where GPS may be poor or not available. The system--which was fully demonstrated in our Phase I effort-- includes mobile Sensor Nodes that wirelessly supply compressed 3D range data and color imagery to a central Fusion Node. The Fusion Node runs 3D reconstruction and model-building algorithms, fusing data from one or more Sensor Nodes to generate an integrated model of the battlespace. Texture mapped 3D imagery, drawn from this model, is delivered to unit leader and soldier via Dismount Nodes (hand-held devices or Smartphones), allowing overhead and immersive display of the accumulated model. This capability enables a range of activities including mission planning, coordination between troops, and tactical rehearsals. During engagement the system helps increase situational awareness by allowing soldiers to look through walls and, if GPS is available, monitor their fellow team members locations. Our immersive system is based upon existing, proven technology: The robot, GPS-denied pose system and colorized laser sensor are Carnegie Robotics products. The 3D colorized modeling and dataset registration software sources from our Research Institution partner, Carnegie Mellon Universitys NREC.

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