Peer-to-Peer Embedded Human Robot Interaction

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-C-0491
Agency Tracking Number: O063-UM5-4190
Amount: $99,500.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD06-UM5
Solicitation Number: 2006.3
Small Business Information
MOBILEROBOTS, INC.
19 Columbia Drive, Amherst, NH, 03031
DUNS: 883272718
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Kennedy
 CTO
 (603) 881-7960
 wkennedy@mobilerobots.com
Business Contact
 Brian Ewing
Title: Administrative Manager
Phone: (603) 881-7960
Email: bewing@mobilerobots.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The objective of this proposal is develop a concept for embedded peer-to-peer human/robot interaction that will allow a robot to work side-by-side with a person or a group of people in contrast to more traditional deployments of robotic hardware which keep the robots and humans very far from each other. MobileRobots Inc and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) will exploit advances in dynamic perception and probabilistic reasoning techniques to develop a concept for robust human robot interaction (HRI) that will provide a robot with the necessary situation awareness to achieve a high level of peer-to-peer interaction. In the proposed concept, humans will interact with the robot in a natural fashion using speech, gestures, and verbal dialog. To facilitate such understanding of the human's activities and communicative acts, we will exploit the state of the art in computer vision techniques (both monocular and stereo) to detect and recognize the presence of humans, monitor and understand their gestures, and track their activities over time. This multi-modal situation awareness will allow the robot to monitor the actions and speech of a human in order to interactively learn to execute a state sequence for rudimentary joint plans with the human.

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