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Collision Avoidance and Local Guidance Based on Insect Visual Motion Processing

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
79017
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-149-4067
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Tanner Research, Inc.
825 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Collision Avoidance and Local Guidance Based on Insect Visual Motion Processing
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8651-06-M-0203
Award Amount: $99,997.00
 

Abstract:

Tanner Research proposes to apply technology based on visual motion processing and flight control in insects to collision avoidance and guidance in autonomous vehicles and robots. The visual processing mimics adaptive motion detection as observed in flies, which has the effect of reducing detector dependence on non-motion-related parameters of visual stimuli, improving estimates of optic flow. The control theory is modeled after wide-field neurons (tangential cells) that spatially integrate local optic flow estimates. The outputs of these integrators are applied as feedback signals for direct control of vehicle dynamics. This control paradigm is capable of robust collision avoidance in complex, cluttered environments. We will investigate integration of the two technologies, and develop a roadmap for implementation in a miniature flying platform, including trade studies for implementation technologies, and integration and resource-sharing with other functions, such as bomb damage indication, that are required of the payload in miniature- and micro-unmanned aerial vehicles.

Principal Investigator:

Patrick Shoemaker
Senior Scientist
6264719786
pat.shoemaker@tanner.com

Business Contact:

Kevin Dinniene
Controller
6264719778
kevin@tanner.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

TANNER RESEARCH, INC.
825 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016

EIN/Tax ID: 954163780
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No