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Intelligent Human Motion Classification and Quantification

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Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
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Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
ARMY 10-093
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Small Business Information
Scientific Systems Company, Inc
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000 Woburn, MA 01801-6562
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Intelligent Human Motion Classification and Quantification
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W15P7T-11-C-H224
Award Amount: $69,999.00


US soldiers increasingly have the need to operate in GPS-denied environments or in environments without access to GPS, such as caves and indoor buildings. To date, inertial integration and pedometry have been used for position estimation in such environments. The inertial integration process suffers from excessive velocity drift over time and leads to errors in position estimation. Pedometry avoids velocity drift, but depends on an estimated scale factor that converts steps into distance traveled. A fundamental problem with direct pedometry for position estimation in GPS-denied environments is that a scalar step count cannot be translated to a vector displacement for an accurate position update. SSCI's approach for position estimation employs segmentation, classification, and quantification techniques for position estimation. The segmented motion classes will be used as inputs to a transfer function that is aware of different scale factors for different motions. SSCI is teaming with Draper Labs for this effort. Draper Labs is one of the world's premier sources of guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) expertise and has the domain experience, advanced sensor technology, comprehensive algorithm and software design and development skills, and testing capabilities needed to support SSCI in the development of an improved and innovative personal navigation system.

Principal Investigator:

Ranga Narananaswami
Principal Research Engine

Business Contact:

Jay Miselis
Corporate Controller
Small Business Information at Submission:

Scientific Systems Company, Inc
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000 Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043053085
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No