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Autonomy & Human-Machine Interface Technology

IAI is actively developing a variety of control technologies for trusted supervised autonomous systems with a focus on optimizing the human in the loop. Our diverse team has substantial expertise in adaptive control, machine learning and distributed control and communication. Our operator interface and robot control technology provide an operator with enhanced situational awareness, intuitive control inputs, and an intelligent machine interface that enables adaptive levels of system autonomy. This approach can be applied to unmanned systems that operate across all operational envelopes.


Some examples of IAI's solutions include

  • IAI's work on LANdroids, a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program to develop small, autonomous robotic radio relay nodes that can be dropped by warfighters in urban settings. These devices can move to form and maintain dynamic mesh communication networks and are capable of self-healing and self-configuration in complex, non-line-of-sight (NLOS) environments.
  • IAI is helping to develop an open-source platform-independent control stack for unmanned air vehicles called Scalable Network Applications Platform (SNAP) for NAVAIR.
  • IAI is applying its expertise in sensing and autonomy to the challenges of IED detection and defeat. Integrating a state-of-the-art non-contact IED detection sensor with a rugged mid-size mobile robot platform, IAI is developing advanced control software that will automatically detect and neutralize the IED threat.
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Distributed Control Framework (DCF) Pro is an integrated environment for robot team coordination and management, using state of the art geo-spatial Command and Control editor along with its unique advantage of performing robust simulation with hardware in the loop integration. It includes a suite of pluggable (IMU, Camera, GPS, Cricket) drivers for sensing and estimation and support for heterogeneous robot platforms such as JAUS, iRobot Create®, LAGR, ARIA. (More)

Multi-Arm Robot Control System (MARCS) technology gives operators of dual-arm robots enhanced situational awareness, intuitive control and adjustable autonomy for complex non-line-of-sight dexterous manipulation tasks. IAI is currently under contract with the Navy to port MARCS technology to the Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic System (AEODRS), the Navy’s Program of Record for next-generation EOD ground robots.

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