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Rugged Automated Training System

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Coherent Technical Services, Inc.
46561 Expedition Drive Suite 100 Lexington Park, MD 20653-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Rugged Automated Training System
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911NF-11-C-0220
Award Amount: $99,381.00


Hostile conflicts leave behind millions of armed landmines in developing countries throughout the globe. Humanitarian demining is hazardous and labor intensive. A promising development in landmine detection is using small, olfactory sensitive animals trained to act as biosensor detectors. But current methods require skilled trainers following strict protocols, and this extensive time and effort is a limiting step in using animals for landmine detection. In addition, trainer skill level, attention to procedures, and animal performance record keeping all introduce unwanted variables into the process. A rugged automated trainer system is a solution that will provide increased consistency and accuracy, and will increase output by reducing limits on training capacity and efficiency that are due to labor. CTSi and Bucknell University have identified an innovative animal training approach which will deliver large quantities of trained animals. Automation enables use of much less labor and allows ordinary people to supervise an animal training program. Our system will allow precise control stimulus and response conditions, and provide informative, detailed data on training status and performance feedback for many individual animals. It is designed to operate in adverse environmental conditions. Additionally, the approach can easily be expanded and adapted to other humanitarian and security applications.

Principal Investigator:

Patrick Madorin
Senior Systems Engineer
(301) 880-3341

Business Contact:

Thomas Sanders
Managing Director
(301) 880-3341
Small Business Information at Submission:

Coherent Technical Services, Inc.
46561 Expedition Drive Suite 100 Lexington Park, MD 20653-2118

EIN/Tax ID: 203557917
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Bucknell University
Moore Aveune
Lewisburg, PA 17837-
Contact: Kevin Myers
Contact Phone: (570) 577-3493