Touch Tracking Technology was developed in the Air Force’s Munition Directorate. This technology tracks targets using information from humans as well as autonomous agents in such a way that results can be easily comprehended by other humans and autonomous agents and flexible to various target types, environments, and human variability.
The uniqueness of this technology is that humans can provide contextual information in an intuitive manner within a mathematical framework to aid in search problems at low computational expense. Off the shelf tablets and smartphones may be used to host this software. This approach is generalizable to targets of any type in any environment that has previously been mapped out. This can significantly reduce the workload of coordinating a team of agents in a search mission by not only directing agents to search an area, but also to keep track of where the agents are located. Potential commercial applications include supporting search and rescue operations for: Law enforcement agencies; Fire fighters; National parks.