Awards

$150K

Coalition of Operators and Automation for Collaborative Tasking (COACT)

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Topic: OSD13-HS5
Budget: 07/09/14 - 04/08/15
PI: Debra Schreckenghost

Increasing the autonomy of unmanned vehicles potentially reduces operator workload and cognitive load. Realizing the promise of autonomy however, is difficult when deploying in environments with mobility and visibility challenges, enemy threats, risks of endangering civilians, and limited communication. Achieving full autonomy in the face of the...

$98.3K

Checklist Execution Software Service (CHESS)

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Colorado - Colorado Springs

Agency: Missile Defense Agency
Topic: MDA13-T004
Budget: 03/20/14 - 10/19/14
PI: Arthur Molin

Many organizations have personnel performing complicated tasks at consoles. In many cases these tasks are defined by checklist procedures, complicated lists of the actions that need to be taken, as well as the readings that show the action was taken correctly. In the past, these checklists have been presented to personnel as paper documents, wh...

$685K

I-HAMMER: Interactive Autonomy for Control of Space Assets

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF121-061
Budget: 01/23/14 - 04/27/16
PI: Dr. David Kortenkamp

ABSTRACT: The United States is increasingly reliant on space-based technologies for surveillance, communications, and navigation. However, our satellites face significant threats from failures, space weather, and orbital debris and must become more survivable. A key component to more survivable satellite systems is on-board autonomy. However, au...

$125K

Approximate Cartesian Control for Robotic Tool Usage with Graceful Degradation

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 14-1-H6.01
Budget: 01/01/14 - 12/31/14
PI: Patrick Beeson

Many of NASA's exploration scenarios include important roles for autonomous or partially autonomous robots. It is desirable for them to utilize human tools when possible, rather than needing to build custom tools for each robot. Control of robotic manipulators for tool usage generally requires a very precise Cartesian-space trajectory of the t...

$150K

Autonomy Management Platform

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Topic: OSD12-HS1
Budget: 05/15/13 - 11/14/13
PI: Dr. David Kortenkamp

Autonomous vehicles are becoming more and more integral to our nation's defense. A DoD object is to free humans from direct control and move towards supervisory control of multiple, autonomous assets. Achieving this objective will require significant advances in decision support and supervisory control concepts. Current operator interfaces requi...

$712K

PROWL: Perception for Robotic Operation over Widespread Lighting

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Army
Topic: A10-175
Budget: 05/02/13 - 05/02/14
PI: Patrick Beeson

In Phase I we designed and evaluated a thermal stereo prototype; however, rather than focusing on a nighttime-only deliverable in Phase II, we propose to combine our Phase I experience with stereo thermal sensing and our decades long experience with traditional outdoor stereo sensing to deliver a 24-hour, passive-sensing payload. We call this s...

$513K

HAMMER: Autonomous Mission Management for Satellite Systems

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF083-196
Budget: 03/21/13 - 06/20/15
PI: Dr. David Kortenkamp

ABSTRACT: Satellite intelligence information is being used increasingly for real-time operations. This requires satellites that can be quickly tasked for new objectives and that can respond to opportunistic situations and external threats. Unfortunately, today's satellites rely on ground operators to control them. This means there is a large ...

$677K

A Planning and Control Toolkit for Dual Arm Manipulation

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 11-2-X7.02
Budget: 01/01/13 - 12/31/13
PI: Robert Burridge

It is often difficult to create autonomous robotic capabilities that match what can be achieved via teleoperation. Even though it is mechanically possible for a humanoid robot such as Robonaut 2 to perform complex coordinated tasks such as tying a knot, exchanging objects between end effectors, plugging in connectors, unscrewing a cap, opening a...

$697K

Anytime Summarization for Remote Robot Operations

Phase 2 STTR

Institution: Brigham Young University

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 11-2-T1.03
Budget: 01/01/13 - 12/31/13
PI: Debra Schreckenghost

NASA plans to use intelligent planetary rovers to improve the productivity and safety of human explorers. A key challenge in using robots for human exploration is orienting remote personnel about robot operations, as latency and communication constraints make eyes-on monitoring impractical. Summary measures are needed to identify what progress t...

$150K

I-HAMMER: Interactive Autonomy for Control of Space Assets

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF121-061
Budget: 08/01/12 - 05/01/13
PI: Dr. David Kortenkamp

ABSTRACT: The United States is increasingly reliant on space-based technologies for surveillance, communications, and navigation. However, our satellites face significant threats from external forces as well as the usual threats from failures, space weather, and orbital debris and must become more survivable. On-board satellite autonomy has be...

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