Octavia the robot assisting in extinguishing a fire.
Octavia the robot working with a human team
member to extinguish a fire in a compartment.

Damage Control for the 21st Century, or the "DC-21" project, is developing advanced technologies for shipboard damage control. The project includes the development of advanced autonomous systems to assist in discovery, control, and damage control of incipient fires. The research focuses specifically on the human-robot interaction technology that will allow a Navy firefighter to interact peer-to-peer, shoulder-to-shoulder with a humanoid robotic firefighter.

Computational cognitive models are used to create reasoning mechanisms for the robot based on required human cognitive skills. In addition, the project investigates perception, both aural and visual, and how context helps to disambiguate perceptions. Human-robot interaction is achieved through robust parsing of human speech, integrated with human gesture to disambiguate utterances.

This project is the collaborative effort of NRL Codes 5510, 5512 and 5515, along with a research association with Code 6186, Shipboard Fire Scaling. Alan Schultz is the Principal Investigator with Dr. Greg Trafton and Dr. Dennis Perzanowski as co-Principal Investigators. Research is funded by the Office of Naval Research, Warfighter Performance Department. under work request WX20805.

Principal Investigator:
Alan C. Schultz
Director, Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence
Naval Research Laboratory
Washington DC 20375
w5510 "at" aic.nrl.navy.mil

Publication Approval: 
13-1231-3165