Bedlam OCU™: Adversarial Reasoning System for Unmanned Platforms

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-11-C-H218
Agency Tracking Number: A102-091-0031
Amount: $69,073.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-091
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
Primordial, Inc
1021 Bandana Boulevard East, Suite 225, Saint Paul, MN, 55108
DUNS: 113351782
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Randy Milbert
 President
 (651) 395-6201
 Randy.Milbert@primordial.com
Business Contact
 Randy Milbert
Title: President
Phone: (651) 395-6201
Email: Randy.Milbert@primordial.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Primordial, Carnegie Mellon University, iRobot, and AeroVironment propose Bedlam OCU™—an adversarial reasoning system for unmanned platforms. Team Primordial will start with our existing state-of-the-art Surveyor OCU, which already fully or partially meets 78% of the topic’s requirements including enabling UAV/UGV collaboration, autonomously tracking targets, predicting adversary movement, providing a mission execution framework, enabling mission planning, mitigating cognitive load, and having a practical fielding plan. Using Surveyor OCU, Team Primordial has conducted numerous live, semi-autonomous ground vehicle tracking experiments using AeroVironment Raven UAVs and iRobot PackBot UGVs. From this proven baseline, we will develop Bedlam OCU—a handheld version of the Surveyor OCU with upgraded adversary prediction and target reacquisition modules. The upgraded adversary prediction module will account for terrain features, evasive maneuvers, and likely destinations. The upgraded target reacquisition module will enable an unmanned platform to autonomously reacquire a target if tracking fails. Primordial will test the upgraded modules using simulations incorporating computer- and human-controlled adversaries executing various strategies such as maximizing speed, minimizing visibility, or randomizing movements. Working with iRobot and AeroVironment, Primordial will also develop a transition plan for ensuring Bedlam OCU’s ultimate fielding. Finally, Primordial will deliver a report detailing Bedlam OCU’s design, development, and testing.

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