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Adaptive Hierarchical Multiple Models to Control Dynamic Systems

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
85090
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F074-012-0320
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Scientific Systems Company, Inc
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000 Woburn, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Adaptive Hierarchical Multiple Models to Control Dynamic Systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-08-C-0023
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Modern control theory offers mathematically rigorous and powerful solutions to many dynamic systems. Its limitations are that the classes of dynamic systems covered by the theory are limited to linear systems or certain well-structured nonlinear systems, and the adaptation of the controllers are often slow if the controller parameters are far away from their desired values. On the other hand, the ability of humans to learn to control complex dynamic systems while adapting to changing environments and objectives arises from many mental strategies we employ. Among them are dividing a complex task into smaller manageable subtasks, making use of ''experience with analogous tasks'', and adapting and combining solutions from similar tasks instead of starting from scratch. Motivated by the above observations, we propose a hierarchical multiple models approach to bridge the gap between humans' superior ability to conduct high-level planning and quick adaptation based on prior experience, and the advances of modern control theory in performing low-level control actions for well-structured systems very effectively. Our team consists of Scientific Systems Company, Inc. (SSCI) as the prime contractor, and Professor Robert Jacobs of University of Rochester as a subcontractor for this project.

Principal Investigator:

Ssu-Hsin Yu
Manager of Research & Development
7819335355
syu@ssci.com

Business Contact:

Jay Miselis
Corporate Controller
7819335355
jmiselis@ssci.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SCIENTIFIC SYSTEMS CO., INC.
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000 Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043053085
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF ROCHESTER
Dept of Brain and Cognitive Sc
Rochester, NY 14627
Contact: Robert Jacobs
Contact Phone: (585) 275-0753
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university