Metron's Autonomy, Navigation, Command & Control (ANCC) is an autonomy package enabling unmanned vehicles to complete fully autonomous, reliable, execution of complex vehicle missions without human oversight.

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Autonomy is the ability for computational or robotic systems to understand their environment and make the decisions necessary to complete a task or set of tasks with little to no human intervention. Metron’s ANCC is a state-of-the-art autonomy package for underwater missions.

Real World Autonomy

Imparting autonomous vehicles and robots with the knowledge, perception, and decision-making capabilities needed to perform a specific task is a significant challenge even in a controlled laboratory environment. Those challenges multiply when autonomous systems must account for real-world uncertainty. Systems must make sense of noisy data, adjust for unanticipated mechanical issues, and respond to changing environments, shifting priorities and strategies accordingly all while maintaining awareness of physics limitations. These are just some of the difficulties autonomous systems engineers face when creating systems that can safely and reliably perform sets of complicated actions in real-world circumstances.

Autonomy, Navigation, Command & Control (ANCC)

 

Metron’s ANCC provides a high-level autonomy package for use with unmanned vehicles, particularly underwater and surface vessels.

 

ANCC allows for fully autonomous vehicle missions with no human oversight, including transit missions, bottom and water-column survey missions, and specialized event-driven tasks (e.g., for bottom survey of offshore windfarm locations, or inspection of offshore oil infrastructure on the seafloor).

ANCC stands out in addressing the challenge of autonomous vehicle decision-making and supporting complex missions where many different behaviors must work as an ensemble for the autonomous system to function properly. Unlike command-level autonomy, ANCC is deliberative plan-based autonomy that combines behaviors through meta-planning: sequencing or interleaving plans of various behaviors to produce a coordinated response.

Key Capabilities

ANCC allows a vehicle to:

  • re-task itself in response to sensed natural or anthropogenic phenomena
  • update or generate plans and routes using its perception of the environment, based on off-board or sensed data
  • intelligently avoid seen or communicated obstacles while simultaneously considering task objectives, risk/cost trade-offs, and uncertainty

ANCC capabilities include:

  • deliberative obstacle avoidance logic
  • vehicle dynamics-aware survey planning logic
  • long-range transit planning logic
  • multi-sensor fusion for estimation of vehicle state
  • health fault monitoring
  • tasked-based mission execution respecting operator-set and derived constraints.

The ANCC design allows additional observers and controllers to be built where required (e.g., to translate from ANCC state and control concepts to those supported by the emerging UMAA standards).

Core Technologies

ANCC builds on Metron advances in the multiple research areas.

Autonomy

Metron develops innovative autonomy technologies enabling complex missions in challenging environments. Focus areas include autonomy for adaptive decision making, mission planning, health monitoring, simulation systems, and perception.

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Health Monitoring

Metron is developing technologies to improve mission reliability for unmanned vehicles via improved prognostics, intelligent planning, and adaptive decision making.

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Perception

Metron develops tools that enable autonomous systems to process sensor data to make flexible planning decisions.

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Applications

Commercial

  • survey of construction areas and infrastructure for near and offshore energy and transoceanic cables
  • search and rescue operations
  • maritime exploration
  • mobile sensors

Defense

  • extreme duration, undersea missions in deep or contested waters
  • perimeter surveillance, reconnaissance, and patrolling
  • mine clearance both at sea and on land

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