Distributed Robotic Intelligent Behaviors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-04-C-0191
Agency Tracking Number: F031-1807
Amount: $842,649.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: AF03-148
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
9971 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN, 55344
DUNS: 052062833
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Budenske
 (952) 829-5864
Business Contact
 Kenneth Thurber
Phone: (952) 829-5864
Email: kthurber@atcorp.com
Research Institution
Recent military efforts have illustrated the difficulty for conventional weapons to find and defeat "deep-targets" that are concealed, guarded, mobile, or even buried. Examples include underground hardened bunkers, cave/tunnel systems, and mobile SCUD launchers. Miniature robotics could be used to find, collect data, track, and even defeat such targets, but the robots need to be well coordinated, and possess an intelligence for creatively achieving their mission. A distributed robotics system architecture is proposed that allows a swarm of heterogeneous robots to be dropped into an area, and perform deep-target reconnaissance missions. Included in this approach are the collections of intelligent behaviors that control the individual robots, and the mechanisms for selection and composition of compound behaviors. The architecture takes into account the unique requirements and characteristics of the miniature robotic hardware, the communications, the power constraints, and types of locomotion and sensors that are anticipated to be present in the system. In Phase I, the distributed robotic software architecture was designed, and prototype behaviors are being implemented for analysis. During Phase 2, the system will be implemented and tests performed in simulation. Post Phase 2 plans include demonstration upon a collection of miniature robots already under development by our team.

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