Advanced Programming and Teaching Interfaces for Autonomous System Control

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2014
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911QX-14-C-0025
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
O133-HS1-2224
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD13-HS1
Solicitation Number:
2013.3
Small Business Information
6800 Cortona Drive, Goleta, CA, 93117-3021
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
054672662
Principal Investigator:
KyleStewart
Analyst
(805) 968-6787
kstewart@toyon.com
Business Contact:
MarcellaLindbery
Director of Contracts
(805) 968-6787
mlindbery@toyon.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Toyon Research Corporation proposes to develop an open architecture programming and teaching interface for autonomous robotic system control in whole-body manipulation, in collaboration with the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). The proposed architecture will consist of software capable of monitoring and analyzing a user"s behavior for a robotic system to mimic and enabling feedback between the operator and robot. At the heart of the proposed technical solution are advanced image processing algorithms capable of observing and recognizing complex actions and being able to transfer these motions to kinematic and dynamic implementation in a robotic system. In Phase I, Toyon proposes architecture and software design; adaptation of the Gazebo simulation platform used for the DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge; development of algorithms for activity recognition, motion tracking of the user, and robotic whole-body manipulation; implementation of a functional graphical user interface (GUI); and analysis of architecture and algorithm performance. In planned Phase II development, software and hardware solutions will be built to test and refine the architecture, algorithms, and graphical user interface developed during the Phase I efforts. Particular attention shall be applied to ensuring the safe operation of the robot and ease-of-use for an untrained field user.

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