Distributed Robotic Intelligent Behaviors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$842,649.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8651-04-C-0191
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-1807
Solicitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF03-148
Solicitation Number:
2003.1
Small Business Information
ARCHITECTURE TECHNOLOGY CORP.
9971 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN, 55344
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
052062833
Principal Investigator:
John Budenske
(952) 829-5864
jbudenske@atcorp.com
Business Contact:
Kenneth Thurber
(952) 829-5864
kthurber@atcorp.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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