U.S. Army, MTRS Field Maintainer Multimedia
Swarming UAV/UAS Solution
In collaboration with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Geisel Software has amazing new breakthroughs in swarming technology. These applications apply to not only ground and aerial systems, but can be applied to satellites, fixed point stations and other systems. Together, they provide their own sort of mapping and localization system that is similar to GPS, but not dependent upon it (i.e. could be used on other planetary bodies). With Geisel's unified dashboard technology, these applications allow for autonomous and human-directed tasks of a much larger scale.
Communicationless Coordination for Intent Perception in Robotic Swarms
Geisel Software is working with Arizona State University to develop technologies that enable cooperative operation of swarms of space vehicles in lunar and planetary exploration missions. We are developing algorithms that will observe and estimate the actions and intentions of other agents in a multiagent system. The project involves designing algorithms for set-based and probabilistic behavior and intent estimation/prediction algorithms, as well as intent-expressive/legible motion planning algorithms. We’re also enhancing our realistic simulation platform to mimic rover driving on moon and planetary terrains with uncertain terrain parameters to test various swarm cardinalities in an unknown, dynamic environment.
FLIR Systems Universal Operator Control Interface
Bioinspired Morphing Micro Ariel Vehicles in Confined Spaces
Geisel Software is working in partnership with Northeastern University on the design, flight control, and autonomous navigation of bioinspired bat robots that can operate in sewers by mimicking bat aerial locomotion principles in caves. There is an increased demand for fast, continuous environmental surveillance in city sewers. However, sewer networks present a veritable maze of pipes, chambers, and utility holes that pose tremendous challenges for robot locomotion control and navigation. The research team will design drones with dynamically versatile body conformations and significant computational complexity to prevent the creation of powerful air jets; design an integrated model-based and data-driven flight control framework that captures not only the model uncertainty but also the environmental aerodynamic effects related to flight in tunnels; and develop a novel navigation framework that relies on high-level abstract guidance extracted from sewer schematic diagrams, enabling robust navigation in unmapped environments.
Overcoming Catastrophic Forgetting in Neural Networks
State of the art neural networks have been able to surpass human players in competitive video games on a time span of around 35 minutes, but suffer from catastrophic forgetting when brought to the long timescales necessary for real-world applications. By creating a format to simplify, store, and recall historic data, Geisel Software is developing a system whereby agents can retrace their steps, to layer long term broad strategies with optimal moment-to-moment gameplay techniques, and to build a framework by which agents can interact with each other.
Capabilities-Driven Dashboard for Human-Robot Teaming
Intra-Vehicular Activity (IVA) robots can perform a wide variety of tasks including systems inspection and monitoring, diagnostics and repair, logistics and consumables stowage, exploration capability testing, science measurements and more. A key aspect of realizing their potential is having operational subsystems that enable effective human-robot teaming. Geisel Software is working on a single unified dashboard that interfaces with all connected autonomous robotics systems, payloads, and core systems, which flexibly discovers the capabilities of those connected systems, and adaptively renders the appropriate controls. A unifying interoperability protocol allows compliant robotics system from any manufacturer to be controlled seamlessly by the dashboard.
Avionics Data and Topography Analysis and Playback Software Solution
Geisel Software is developing a solution that will compare UUT radar returns with known topographical data as part of a block upgrade cycle on aircraft. Relying on state-of-the-art technology to independently verify and validate radar data and using the power of a modern 3D game engine, the solution will deliver high-quality visual feedback to aircrew and flight test engineers during the IV&V of block upgrades.
Precise Position Estimation in a Towed Array
There are environmental uncertainties inherent in the towed array measurement process. Geisel Software is developing a solution to improve estimates of the sensor positions in a towed array. The process for achieving this improvement consists of modeling all the dynamic processes that cause the location of the acoustic sensors to change, including the motion of the towboat, the dynamics of the cabling and the sea itself. The simulation models are then integrated to create an Extended Kalman filter that more accurately estimates the positions of each of the microphones in the array.
Safe Ops Systems (SOS) Command Platform
SOS Live is an enterprise-grade, edge cloud solution that connects and automates mission-critical equipment to provide rapid, real-time situational awareness to first responders. The virtual command platform integrates UAVs, cameras, sensors, and mobile devices. An AI-based application preemptively detects threats and equips responders with mission-critical information. Geisel Software was hired to create a first-of-its kind compact UAS proof-of-concept for police/fire department response in a large county in CA. We performed: requirements, architecture, software development, integration, demonstration. An iPad app user provided a target location, which directed the UAV to fly to the target, circle, stream video to the iPad app and remote browsers, and return to launch point. Communication was via WiFi and processing was performed on an on-site laptop.