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Purchase Order - SP470121P0013

OVERVIEW

Awardee
Original Description
SBIR PHASE I 20.2, 6 MONTH POP
Awarding / Funding Agency
Place of Performance
Austin, TX USA
Pricing
Fixed Price
Set Aside
Small Business Set Aside - Total (SBA)
Extent Competed
Full And Open Competition After Exclusion Of Sources
Related Opportunity
None

SBIR DETAILS

Research Type
Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Phase I
Title
Collaborative Humanoid Operational Work Robot (CHOWbot)
Abstract
Our Approach We propose using a robotic humanoid upper torso system of our design, and common kitchen tools in combination with novel control behaviors to perform back-of-the-house duties in an unstructured environment. Our approach represents a significant improvement from state-of-the-art systems, developing a two-armed manipulator system adaptable to the chaotic spaces of the world at a cost equal to or less than a traditional industrial robot. Our Deliverable We propose simulating a two-armed, upper torso humanoid of our Work-Class Perseus effort. We have hardware customers who use our Perseus system for Artificial Intelligence development that would team with our controls effort. Our team would dive directly into controllability studies for the unique and varied tasks and environment of an industrial kitchen. We anticipate that initial tele-operated studies provide proof-of-concept returns which can be de-risked during Phase I before being fully developed into hardware and autonomous behaviors during a Phase II effort. Our concept incorporates and combines previous hardware and controls work of ours in a novel way, allowing a significant impact in modelling and delivering a real-world robotic solution for the chaotic environment of a DFAC. The Rationale Behind Our Approach We have built early prototypes of our Work-Class Perseus Humanoid hardware, but every revision of the system improves the robustness and capability of our already reliable platform. Using this existing platform allows us to focus risk on the execution of tasks instead of the reliability of hardware. We have designed certain foundational control software to match perfectly with our propriety hardware, further reducing the risk pool. This risk reduction allows our controls team to get to work immediately to understand the back-of-house tasks and begin to break those challenges down to a number of simpler behaviors and model, beginning the process of modelling the various tasks from the ground up. Our team would develop a number of strategies in a remote or tele-operation style proving the path forward to full autonomy during Phase I, allowing us to identify the most powerful, labor-saving, and efficiency improving solutions to take into full autonomy during Phase II. The technical path forward For our path forward, Apptronik in Phase II, will move the control algorithm designs to test and evaluation, shifting from human in the loop tele-operation, to supervision-optional autonomy. We would develop a prioritized function set through end-user dialog and starting with the most significant add autonomy to each behavior in turn down the list.
Topic Code
DLA202-005
Solicitation Number
20.2
Contact
Jason Olivero
(201) 208-3801
jasonolivero@apptronik.com

STATUS
(Closed)

Period of Performance

12/1/20

Start Date

6/2/21

Current End Date

6/2/21

Potential End Date
100% Complete

Obligations

$100.0K

Total Obligated

$100.0K

Current Award

$100.0K

Potential Award
100% Funded

AWARD RELATIONSHIPS

Purchase Order

SP470121P0013

Subcontracts

-

Purchase Order

SP470121P0013

Subs

-

ACTIVITY TIMELINE

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Opportunity Lifecycle

HISTORY

COMPETITION
Solicitation Procedures
Negotiated Proposal/Quote
Number of Offers Received
1
Other Than Full and Open Competition
None
Evaluated Preference
None
Commercial Item Acquisition
Services Pursuant To FAR 12.102(G)
Simplified Procedures for Commercial Items
No

OTHER CATEGORIZATIONS

Subcontracting Plan
Plan Not Required
National Interest Action
None
IT Commercial Item Category
Not Applicable
AGENCY DETAIL
Created By
michelle.harrison@dla.mil   Profile
Last Modified By
dod_closeout
Approved By
michelle.harrison@dla.mil   Profile
Awarding Office
SP4701 DCSO PHILADELPHIA
Funding Office
SP4701 DCSO PHILADELPHIA

LEGISLATIVE MANDATES

Clinger-Cohen Act Compliant
No
Construction Wage Rate Requirements
Not Applicable
Labor Standards
Not Applicable
Materials, Supplies, Articles & Equipment
Not Applicable
Last Modified: 7/3/21


PIID: SP4701-21-P-0013