Accession Number:

ADA510465

Title:

PointCom: Semi-Autonomous UGV Control With Intuitive Interface

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

QUANTUM SIGNAL LLC ANN ARBOR MI

Report Date:

2009-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

Unmanned ground vehicles UGVs will play an important role in the nations next-generation ground force. Advances in sensing, control, and computing have enabled a new generation of technologies that bridge the gap between manual UGV teleoperation and full autonomy. In this paper, we present current research on a unique command and control system for UGVs named PointCom Point-and-Go Command. PointCom is a semi-autonomous command system for one or multiple UGVs. The system, when complete, will be easy to operate and will enable significant reduction in operator workload by utilizing an intuitive image-based control framework for UGV navigation and allowing a single operator to command multiple UGVs. The project leverages new image processing algorithms for monocular visual servoing and odometry to yield a unique, high-performance fused navigation system. Human Computer Interface HCI techniques from the entertainment software industry are being used to develop video-game style interfaces that require little training and build upon the navigation capabilities. By combining an advanced navigation system with an intuitive interface, a semi-autonomous control and navigation system is being created that is robust, user friendly, and less burdensome than many current generation systems.

Subject Categories:

  • Cybernetics
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE