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Development of a Concept for Swarmed mini-UAVs for Automatic Target Recognition

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
70404
Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N045-005-0116
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Augusta Systems, Inc.
3606 Collins Ferry Road, Suite 202 Morgantown, WV 26505
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Development of a Concept for Swarmed mini-UAVs for Automatic Target Recognition
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-04-M-0288
Award Amount: $69,646.00
 

Abstract:

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have served to enhance and augment the surveillance and reconnaissance abilities of the military of the United States of America. In developing the next generation of UAVs, the application of novel methodologies to UAV control will become more important as the number and mission criticality of deployed UAVs continues to increase. One of these novel approaches, long considered to possess some ideal characteristics, is the idea of reactive agents and the associated emergent behavior. This technique possesses the potential to provide minimal user intervention, a high level of robustness, and largely autonomous operation provided that suitable algorithms and techniques can be developed. The proposed work should provide the basic mathematical framework for reactive agent based Automatic Target Recognition in which these reactive agents could be simulated and, based on this simulation, optimization strategies for simple emergent behaviors developed along with mission based parameters estimated. The proposed approach models sensing behavior from an information theory perspective and then utilizes this in generating mission based system parameters followed by optimization of those parameters. If successful, this should allow for the implementation of reactive agent based techniques for UAV control embodying the benefits as appropriate.

Principal Investigator:

John Moody
Director of Systems Engineering
3045994255
jmoody@augustasystems.com

Business Contact:

Patrick Esposito, II
Chief Operating Officer
3045993200
patesposito@augustasystems.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

AUGUSTA SYSTEMS, INC.
3606 Collins Ferry Road, Suite 202 Morgantown, WV 26505

EIN/Tax ID: 550781569
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
West Virginia University
P.O. Box 6109
Morgantown, WV 26506
Contact: Matthew Valenti
Contact Phone: (304) 293-6371
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university