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Company Information:

Company Name:
Vecna Technologies Inc.
Address:
6404 Ivy Lane
Suite 500
Greenbelt, MD 20770-1423
Phone:
(240) 965-4550
URL:
EIN:
522152399
DUNS:
094078958
Number of Employees:
325
Woman-Owned?:
Yes
Minority-Owned?:
No
HUBZone-Owned?:
No

Commercialization:

Has been acquired/merged with?:
N/A
Has had Spin-off?:
N/A
Has Had IPO?:
N/A
Year of IPO:
N/A
Has Patents?:
N/A
Number of Patents:
N/A
Total Sales to Date $:
$ 0.00
Total Investment to Date $
$ 0.00
POC Title:
N/A
POC Name:
N/A
POC Phone:
N/A
POC Email:
N/A
Narrative:
N/A

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,462,160.00 25
SBIR Phase II $17,880,862.00 18

Award List:

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$93,900.00
Agency:
HHS
Principal Investigator:
Daniel A. Theobald
Abstract:
N/a

SIGNAL-BASED ANALYSIS OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$2,787,674.00
Agency:
HHS
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
Hospital infections and antimicrobial resistance are scourges of modern society, affecting several million Americans annually and wasting billions of dollars. Timely, accurate data analysis is critical to preventing the spread of infection and resistance. Preliminary results show that treating… More

SIGNAL-BASED ANALYSIS OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$0.00
Agency:
HHS
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
Hospital infections and antimicrobial resistance are scourges of modern society, affecting several million Americans annually and wasting billions of dollars. Timely, accurate data analysis is critical to preventing the spread of infection and resistance. Preliminary results show that treating… More

SBIR Phase I: Improving Infection Control Through RFID-Based Patient Tracking

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$88,984.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will test the feasibility of improving patient safety in hospitals by reducing medical errors and infection outbreaks through patient tracking using Radio Frequency Identifier (RFID) technology. In light of recent media attention on… More

Computer-based Dynamic Patient Scheduling and Optimization of Medical Resource Allocation

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,761.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Al Ramsey, Senior Systems Architect
Abstract:
Vecna proposes to investigate and develop a prototype dynamic priority-based scheduler which applies artificial intelligence and operations research techniques to manage and prioritize patient access to health care in order to minimize time and distant impact on patients and to optimize the… More

Robotic Force Health Protection from Chem-Bio Agents and IEDs

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,950.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Christopher Larsen, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
Currently no integrated mobile robotic capability exist that will enable detection of chemical and bio-warfare agents, as well as improvised explosive devices (IEDs). This SBIR grant proposal describes the redevelopment and prototype deployment of a robotic, unmanned detection system for IEDs,… More

SBIR Phase II: Improving Infection Control Through Radio Frequency Identifier (RFID)-Based Patient Tracking

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$495,856.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II Project will provide hospitals with a way to analyze and prevent hospital-associated infection outbreaks based on integrating a location tracking system with live hospital microbiology data, building on research done in Phase I. The goal is the… More

Computer-based Dynamic Patient Scheduling and Optimization of Medical Resource Allocation

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,762.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Alvin Ramsey, Research Scientist
Abstract:
Vecna proposes the development of a Dynamic Scheduling Manager, designed to address the dyamics of a schedule for a medical facility as well as manage resources in any enterprise. The core technology used for the schedule optimization is Genetic Algorithms, which is a tool used by other… More

Development of an Integrated Database Management System for Biodefense Research

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,946.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator:
Christopher Larsen, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
This Phase I SBIR grant proposal is submitted in response to the need for a database resource that can house, import, query, and manage data from diagnostics related to biological threat detection. Such a project for military force health protection requires the creation of a flexible, relational… More

Robotic Force Health Protection from Chem-Bio Agents and IEDs

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$729,908.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Christopher N. Larsen, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
This SBIR proposal is to develop a hybrid Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and Surface Enhanced Raman (SERS) chembio detection system, for use in analyzing substances in the field. Detectable materials include chemical and biological weapons agents, demolition materials, water and food… More

Automated Knowledge Structuring of Medical Charts Data

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,988.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Alvin Ramsey, Senior Researcher
Abstract:
Vecna proposes to develop a system with the ability to automatically process and filter through medical records to help identify anomalies and to aid in clinical decision support. The system will be able to automatically process individual as well as aggregate medical records, and the user interface… More

Intelligent Multi-modal Ground Robotic Mobility

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,999.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Andreas Hofmann, Director of Machine Learning
Abstract:
The Army has a critical need for high performance robotic mobility platforms that can quickly and efficiently traverse challenging terrain, particularly those that would be encountered in a wartime urban environment. In order to accomplish these tasks, such robotic vehicles must have continuous… More

Improving patient safety by enhancing the medication delivery and administration process into a seamless system that is integrated into the electronic

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Alvin Ramsey, Senior Researcher
Abstract:
Technical abstract

Automated Knowledge Structuring of Medical Charts Data

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$730,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Alvin Ramsey, Senior Researcher
Abstract:
There have been a number of clinical decision support (CDS) implementations that were incorporated into EHRs, but significant obstacles prevented the ability for its widespread and universal use. Many of the current CDS implementations typically rely on a one-off, ad-hoc type implementation for a… More

SBIR Phase I: High Performance Hydraulic Actuation for Mobile Robots

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$150,000.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project addresses three fundamental challenges to the broad adoption of hydraulic actuation in small mobile robotic applications: poor efficiency, poor controllability, and noisy operation. Component level and system level innovations will be… More

Improving patient safety by enhancing the medication delivery and administration process into a seamless system that is integrated into the electronic

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Alvin Ramsey, Senior Researcher
Abstract:
Phase I efforts were focused on establishing the groundwork for a production-quality medication management system that can be deployed in a clinical setting. Phase II will build upon the Phase I results for the design, development, and deployment of a beta system. The technical objectives for the… More

Automated Medication Transfer Between a Pharmacy Dispensing System and a Mobile D

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$77,633.00
Agency:
HHS
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Vecna Technologies, Inc. (Vecna), a market leader in hospital automation, systems integration, and robotics, sees a tremendous opportunity to extend the benefits of automated pharmacy dispensing systems throughout the r est of the hospital with the QC BotTM, an… More

Medical Capability Simulator Interface Tool for OneSAF

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Andreas Hofmann, Director Of Machine Learning
Abstract:
Testing and validation of new medical devices and technologies for use in combat is at present a cumbersome process. Live exercises, though vital for certification, are costly. In contrast, simulations can be run at speeds faster than real-time for a fraction of the cost of live exercises. Thus,… More

Visually Guided Robotic Hand / Eye Coordination

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Andreas Hofmann, Director of Machine Learning R&D
Abstract:
The term "robot," coined by Karel Capek in the play R.U.R., implies "compulsory labor," yet most mobile robots in existence today are only capable of the lightest of labor. Of course, a robot is just a pile of parts without the advanced perception, planning, and control systems needed to make it… More

Automated Analysis and Classification of Anomalous 3-D Human Shapes and Hostile Actions

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Neal Checka, AI Expert
Abstract:
Detecting terrorist activities in urban environments and remote terrains is an important aspect of persistent surveillance. Normally, intelligence analysts examine video to detect suspicious activities. This approach to video analysis can be time- and manpower-intensive. To reduce the cognitive… More

Intelligent Multi-modal Ground Robotic Mobility

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$511,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Andreas Hofmann, Director of Machine Learn
Abstract:
Robots offer the Army two principle benefits: allowing soldiers to work at a safe distance in dangerous situations, and performing simple, menial tasks so soldiers can do other work. Robots have had some successes with the first goal; however, there has been limited progress with using robots to… More

Semi-Autonomous Manipulator Control

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Karl Muecke, Sr. Robotics Engineer
Abstract:
Current teleoperation and control systems for unmanned ground vehicles (UGV?s) and manipulators are tedious and time consuming to use. Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) technicians devote significant of time and mental energy when attempting to individually control manipulator joints, which could… More

High Performance Hydraulic Actuation for Mobile Robots

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$1,130,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Andreas Hofmann, Director of Machine Learn – (617) 864-0636
Abstract:
Robots offer the Army two principle benefits: allowing soldiers to work at a safe distance in dangerous situations, and performing simple, menial tasks so soldiers can do other work. Robots have had some successes with the first goal; however, there has been limited progress with using robots to… More

Automated Shipboard Build-up of Customized Pallet Loads

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Andreas Hofmann, Director Of Machine Learn
Abstract:
Currently the assembly of pallets by sailors asea and ashore is a time consuming process that requires additional space and materials, which are both at a premium on deployed ships. We proposed a small mobile hydraulic palletizing system that will minimize the need for personnel and increase… More

Man Transportable Robotic System (MTRS) Remote Digger and Hammer Chisel

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$80,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Daniel Theobald, President/CTO
Abstract:
Current robotic MTRS EOD removal platforms have great difficulty dealing with buried EODs because their small size is insufficient to support the necessary excavation tools. Vecna Technologies, Inc. proposes a novel solution in our mechanically actuated pneumatic impact digger. The digger''s hammer… More

Handheld Apps for Warfighters

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$148,999.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Neal Checka, Ai Expert – (617) 864-0636
Abstract:
The need for obtaining real-time spatial and environmental awareness has driven the development and subsequent deployment of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs). Current UGV operator control units (OCUs) lag behind advances in unmanned vehicle technologies and remain… More

Low Noise, High Efficiency Hydraulics for Mobile Robots

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Daniel Theobald, CTO – (617) 674-8245
Abstract:
The next generation of high-degree-of-freedom robots require not only significant strength but efficient, quiet operation and effective control policies if they are to perform to expectations. Vecna proposes a systems approach that includes Smart Hydraulic Actuator (SHA) technology, an intelligent… More

ROBOTICS TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT[RTD2] (R43)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Daniel Theobald, President/CTO – (617) 864-0636
Abstract:
Mobile robotics and advanced prosthetics will likely play important roles in the future of the human race. Yet, most existing mobile robots have neither the strength nor speed necessary to be effective laborers. The problem is that current robot muscles suffer from poor specific power, which can… More

Medical Capability Simulator Interface Tool for OneSAF

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Andreas Hofmann, VP Of Autonomous Solution – (617) 864-0636
Abstract:
The Army has a defined need for an enabling technology that permits rapid prototyping of candidate combat medical devices within the OneSAF simulation environment. In response, Vecna has developed an open systems specification and interface tool that will allow OneSAF to interface with a real or… More

Visually Guided Robotic Hand / Eye Coordination

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$1,325,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Daniel Theobald, CTO – (617) 864-0636
Abstract:
The proposed work leverages the prototypes developed in the Phase I project toward refinement of a machine vision system for visually guided manipulation. In Phase II, the machine vision system modules of image feature detection, object detection, pose estimation, and tracking will be generalized… More

Automated Shipboard Build-up of Customized Pallet Loads

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$1,250,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Andreas Hofmann, VP, Autonomous Solutions – (617) 864-0636
Abstract:
This Phase II project intends to develop a mobile automated palletizing robot, the RPR1, that combines a commercial electric pallet truck with a hydraulically powered manipulation platform. Phase I work developed designs for the RPR1 morphology; a preliminary system architecture for automating… More

Automatic Video-based Motion Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$125,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Neal Checka, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Operations in confined, isolated, and resource-constrained environments can lead to suboptimal human performance. Understanding task performance and crew behavioral health is crucial to mission success and the optimal design, development and operation of next generation space craft. Onboard… More

Apps for Rapid Epidemiological Analysis (AREA)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$150,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Alvin Ramsey, Director, Products R&D – (617) 682-4681
Abstract:
Vecna Medical proposes a mobile app with a modular and open design to address the need for rapid epidemiological analysis of data from multiple data sources. The system will work natively on any mobile device (e.g., Android, iOS, Blackberry OS) and will be able to collect data from EHRs, disposable… More

Adaptive, Automated Real-time Event/Target Detection using Supervised Learning

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$150,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Neal Checka, Senior Research Scientist – (617) 674-8545
Abstract:
Human operators must closely monitor video for simultaneous situational awareness and threat assessment. For instance, urban environments in a state of constant activity generate numerous visual cues, each of which must be examined so that potential security breaches do not go unnoticed. The need… More

Man Transportable Robotic System (MTRS) Remote Digger and Hammer Chisel

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Daniel Theoald, Chief Technology Officer – (617) 864-0636
Abstract:
A pneumatic hammer chisel end effector will be developed that uses a simple yet novel fluid routing system. The lightweight device is easily attached to existing MTRS arms and can generate the impact forces required to fracture concrete and packed soil. The end effector requires no modification to… More

Low Noise, High Efficiency Hydraulics for Mobile Robots

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$1,000,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Daniel Theobald, Chief Technology Office – (617) 864-0636
Abstract:
Most mobile robots today cannot perform significant physical work due to their limited strength and power density. One practical approach to achieving sufficient mechanical strength is through the use of hydraulics. However, the low energy efficiency of current, conventional approaches to mobile… More

Handheld Apps for Warfighters

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$721,664.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Neal Checka, Senior Research Scientist – (617) 674-0636
Abstract:
This Phase II project will extend prototypes and algorithms developed in Phase I for software-based modules for multi-modal command and control of robots using the various sensors and camera hardware on modern handheld devices, i.e. smartphones. Phase I work saw the successful development of new… More

A New Generation of Actuators for Robotic Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Daniel Theobald, CTO – (617) 864-0636
Abstract:
Actuators are the primary limiting factor that relegates robots to controlled industrial and military environments and keeps them from becoming the truly useful tools that we hope they will become. Current actuators must be massive in order to provide sufficient strength for real work, requiring… More

Low Noise, High Efficiency Hydraulics for Mobile Robots

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$1,000,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Andreas Hofmann, VP, Autonomous Solutions – (617) 864-0636
Abstract:
Most mobile robots today cannot perform significant physical work due to their limited strength and power density. One practical approach to achieving sufficient mechanical strength is through the use of hydraulics. However, the low energy efficiency of current, conventional approaches to mobile… More

Automatic Video-based Motion Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$700,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Neal Checka, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Understanding task performance and crew behavioral health is crucial to mission success and to the optimal design, development, and operation of next-generation spacecraft. Onboard resources, like a conventional 2D video camera, can capture crew motion and interaction; however, there is a critical… More

System of Systems (SoS) Certification Techniques

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$150,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Andreas Hofmann, VP of Autonomous Soluti – (617) 864-0636
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Deployment of interesting autonomous capabilities has been hindered by the difficulty of validating and verifying such systems. Vecna will address this challenging problem by investigating and developing four key desirable characteristics of such systems: that they be declarative,… More

Better Muscles, Better World

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$1,750,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Daniel Theobald, President – (617) 864-0636
Abstract:
The development of actuators for the next generation of robots must not only address the engineering obstacles of power density and efficiency packaged into a lightweight form factor; they must surmount these obstacles using technology that is affordable for commercial users. To meet and exceed… More

Adaptive, Automated Real-time Event/Target Detection using Supervised Learning

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,998.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Neal Checka, Senior Research Scientist – (617) 674-8545
Abstract:
Human operators must closely monitor video for simultaneous situational awareness and threat assessment. For instance, urban environments in a state of constant activity generate numerous visual cues, each of which must be examined so that potential security breaches do not go unnoticed. The need… More