Intelligent Multi-Agent System for Coordinating Multiple FCS Platforms

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-04-C-1148
Agency Tracking Number: A022-1497
Amount: $729,494.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2002
Solicitation Topic Code: A02-018
Solicitation Number: 2002.2
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
 Staff Scientist
 (952) 829-5864
Business Contact
 Kenneth Thurber
Title: President
Phone: (952) 829-5864
Research Institution
Battlefields of the future will consist of highly mobile, light forces that are supported by intelligent software, autonomous systems, and robotic platforms. The Future Combat Systems (FCS) concept embraces the coordination of multiple platforms and will require intelligent planning and scheduling components as well as infrastructure support for autonomously executing tasks and allowing tele-operation when necessary across wireless battlefield networks. This Phase II research addresses the challenging problem of executing and monitoring the execution of various missions (e.g., resupply, logistics, and other material handling) upon multiple FCS platforms. This effort is developing an agent-based execution, monitoring, coordination and recovery "middleware" that will extend the various components of the Weapon Systems Common Operating Environment (WSCOE) Software Development Kit (SDK). The result will be a flexible framework for developing more autonomous execution and monitoring components for the WSCOE SDK. The design aims at maximizing commonality, reuse, and adaptability across platform type and configurations (for both legacy and next generation FCS platforms). The scope of this Phase II effort is to implement the agent-based middleware mechanisms, interface them to the existing WSCOE components and use them to develop a demonstration of coordinating multiple platform coordinated missions.

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