Cognitive Patterns: An Architecture for Distributed Control of ChemBots

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$99,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-09-C-0454
Award Id:
91663
Agency Tracking Number:
08SB2-0104
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
967259946
Principal Investigator:
Webb Stacy
Vice President, Technology
(781) 496-2437
wstacy@aptima.com
Business Contact:
Margaret Clancy
Chief Financial Officer
(781) 496-2415
clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A key challenge to the future deployment of DARPA's Chemical Robots (ChemBots) ChemBots is a system for controlling them that operates in a distributed fashion. There are three primary requirements: 1) its distributed nature must be transparent to the user; 2) it must exploit local acting and sensing capabilities while maintaining a global common operational picture; and 3) it must be robust to attrition. We propose to use this insight to create an agent architecture called Cognitive Patterns that integrates top-down and bottom-up approaches in a way that is very natural for humans yet very useful for ChemBots. Cognitive Patterns take a formal approach to describing the top-down information that humans use to understand and act in the world, and to combining that information with information in the sensed world in such a way that all participants, automated or human, share context. The use of single Cognitive Patterns for distributed control, as well as the use of libraries of Cognitive Patterns and the real-time, interactive or automated creation of new Cognitive Patterns, will be explored.

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