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Real time explosive hazard information sensing, processing, and communication for autonomous operation

United States Patent

February 24, 2015
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Robotics – Intelligence Kernel
Methods, computer readable media, and apparatuses provide robotic explosive hazard detection. A robot intelligence kernel (RIK) includes a dynamic autonomy structure with two or more autonomy levels between operator intervention and robot initiative A mine sensor and processing module (ESPM) operating separately from the RIK perceives environmental variables indicative of a mine using subsurface perceptors. The ESPM processes mine information to determine a likelihood of a presence of a mine. A robot can autonomously modify behavior responsive to an indication of a detected mine. The behavior is modified between detection of mines, detailed scanning and characterization of the mine, developing mine indication parameters, and resuming detection. Real time messages are passed between the RIK and the ESPM. A combination of ESPM bound messages and RIK bound messages cause the robot platform to switch between modes including a calibration mode, the mine detection mode, and the mine characterization mode.
Versteeg; Roelof J. (Idaho Falls, ID), Few; Douglas A. (Idaho Falls, ID), Kinoshita; Robert A. (Idaho Falls, ID), Johnson; Doug (Idaho Falls, ID), Linda; Ondrej (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
13/ 049,788
March 16, 2011
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC07-05ID14517 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.