Charles River Analytics Inc., developer of intelligent systems solutions, has developed a hands-free human-machine interface (HMI)—Supervisory HMI Enabling Practical Autonomous Robot Direction (SHEPARD). With SHEPARD, US Army Commanders can issue instructions to unmanned vehicles (UxVs) using natural human gestures and intuitive interactions with smart devices. By fusing multiple, proven robot control technologies, SHEPARD allows robotic platforms to become true support agents.
“Our approach to managing UxVs is in stark contrast with how robot operators currently direct unmanned platforms—they use cumbersome, hands-on, head-down controllers,” said Camille Monnier, Principal Scientist at Charles River Analytics and Principal Investigator on the SHEPARD effort. “Our goal with SHEPARD is to develop controls that let robots seamlessly integrate into human teams.”
Clearpath Husky platform responding to gesture and voice commands. Our SHEPARD human-machine interface uses smart devices—like a watch—to make communication with military robots easy.
At Charles River Analytics, our deep understanding of applied robotics and autonomy is the result of extensive research, development, and deployment of solutions incorporating disciplines such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, cognitive science, and human factors. This experience uniquely positions us to provide mature and tailored solutions for our customers’ needs.
Learn more about SHEPARD at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) XPONENTIAL 2019—the world’s largest tradeshow for unmanned and autonomous systems—from April 29-May 2 in Chicago, IL. AUVSI represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government, and academia.
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Talk to us about SHEPARD at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) XPONENTIAL 2019—the world’s largest tradeshow for unmanned and autonomous systems—from April 29-May 2 in Chicago, IL. AUVSI represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government, and academia.
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Charles River Analytics conducts leading-edge AI, robotics, and human-machine interface R&D and leverages that R&D to create custom solutions for your organization.
At Charles River Analytics, we come to work every day because we want to develop technology for the hardest human-machine teaming problems that impact critical operations and decision-making. In 1983, we began focusing on research that leads to results, initially working for the US government. We became an employee-owned company in 2012, setting the stage for the next generation of innovation, service, and growth. Today, we have nearly 200 employees who work on R&D and commercial programs that make a difference for a “who’s who” of government and industry.
We have a stellar track record developing successful solutions for Government and commercial clients across a diverse collection of markets—defense, intelligence, medical technology, training, transportation, space, and cyber security. Our success is based on our expertise with advanced algorithms, machine learning, autonomous systems, advanced human-system interfaces, and agile software and hardware engineering. Focused research can make a positive difference, and that is our goal on each project we undertake. Our customer-centric focus guides us towards problems that matter, while our passion for science and engineering drives us to find impactful, actionable solutions.