Form 9.B Project Summary



Proposal Number:


Project Title:

Interactive User Interface for

Telerobot Control

Technical Abstract (Limit 200 words)

Standard robot programming languages require

users to explicitly specify trajectories for any task

to be performed by the robot. In applications where

the environment and task change, it is difficult to

develop hard-coded programs using existing

programming tools. If robots are to share in

space-related tasks and function as more than

teleoperated slave devices, entirely new types of

programming mechanisms and user interfaces must

evolve. In this project a Teach By Showing (TBS)

system will be developed that observes and learns

from the performance of the teleoperator,

producing a sensor-driven procedural program from

those actions. The operator can associate a subtask

name with the learned actions and later invoke that

subtask to perform some portion of his/her

workload autonomously. During Phase I, the

method will be demonstrated in a simulated docking

application. As more and more subtasks can be

performed autonomously, the effects of time delay

may be less significant, possibly permitting ground

personnel to assume more control of robot

operations. Since ground-based Shuttle and Space

Station component mock-ups exist for training and

contingency planning, an intriguing scenario would

be to teach selected manipulator tasks on the

ground and up-load the TBS-produced programs for

execution in space.

Potential Commercial Applications (Limit 200 words)

Immediate benefits can be realized at commercial

and military installations where robots are currently

used in unstructured environments. Examples

include: terrestrial construction; space and

underwater construction, maintenance, or

exploration; transport and handling of hazardous

materials; tasks in environments hazardous to

humans such as nuclear facilities, munitions

handling, and firefighting; and in automated


Name and Address of Principal Investigator (Name,

Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)

Donald Myers

Intelligent Automation, Inc.

2 Research Place, Suite 202

Rockville , MD 20850

Name and Address of Offeror (Firm Name, Mail Address,


Joseph E. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Intelligent Automation, Inc.

2 Research Place, Suite 202

Rockville , MD 20850