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Real-time Radar Perception For UGV Navigation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-07-C-0060
Agency Tracking Number: A062-215-1693
Amount: $69,938.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-215
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-11-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-05-21
Small Business Information
220 Executive Drive, Suite 400
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
United States
DUNS: 043712442
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Mark Ollis
 Senior Research Scientist
 (724) 934-8965
Business Contact
 Todd Jochem
Title: President
Phone: (724) 934-8965
Research Institution

Though ladar and stereo have received far more attention for UGV navigation use, radar offers some unique benefits. Many radar systems have the ability to partially penetrate thin vegetation, fog, smoke, and other obscurants while detecting hidden solid obstacles. Also, some systems provide useful information in addition to range; for example, Doppler radars measure target relative velocities as well. Weaknesses of radar-based sensing systems (such as limited angular resolution and erratic readings due to specular reflections) are generally quite different than those of stereo or ladar, so that radar data can be particularly useful when fused with another sensing modality. Further, a number of inexpensive radar units are currently commercially available, marketed primarily as automotive driver warning systems. This proposal describes an effort to combine some of the unique advantages of radar with more widely-used ranging devices for UGV applications. Phase I work aims to design and partially implement a UGV perception system, using a COTS radar unit, to merge radar sensor data with ladar in real time to generate useful terrain characterizations for autonomous navigation. Also included is a Phase I option for modifying this design to support stereo data.

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