System-Level Autonomy Trust Enabler (SLATE)

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX07CA30P
Agency Tracking Number: 066654
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
111 Third Avenue South, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN, 55401
DUNS: 165988937
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Boddy
 Principal Investigator
 (651) 442-4109
Business Contact
 Kyle Nelson
Title: Director of Sponsored Research
Phone: (612) 280-9843
Research Institution
This SBIR project will achieve trusted, reconfigurable, intelligent autonomy through system-level validation. The goal is to design and develop a representation and reasoning system for system-level verification and validation (V&V) of high-level autonomous control for complex systems operating in dynamic environments. Starting from component-level behavioral guarantees, the System-Level Autonomy Trust Enabler (SLATE) will reason about composition, abstraction, and embedding of system components, resulting in high-confidence guarantees of behavior for high-level autonomous control systems relevant to a wide range of NASA applications, including manned and unmanned spacecraft, rovers, and habitats. SLATE will support incremental computation of guarantees and the assumptions required, vastly simplifying the reconfiguration, upgrading, or retargeting of autonomous control systems. Phase I will provide a feasibility demonstration and evaluation of SLATE's representation and inference through application to a multi-level robotic control system, and identify the key features needed in an application-ready version of SLATE. Phase II will develop an application-specific version and provide a user interface, address performance and reasoning issues, and demonstrate operation on a representative NASA application.

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