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3D Multispectral Vision System for Robotic Fire-Fighting Systems

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N12A-021-0031
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N12A-T021
Solicitation Number:
2012.A
Small Business Information
Lynntech, Inc.
2501 Earl Rudder Freeway South College Station, TX 77845-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: 3D Multispectral Vision System for Robotic Fire-Fighting Systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-12-M-0391
Award Amount: $79,897.00
 

Abstract:

Advancements in humanoid robotics led the U.S. Navy to recognize the potential for humanoid robotic fire-fighting systems such as the Shipboard Autonomous Fire Fighting Robot (SAFFiR) to address the dangerous task of onboard fire suppression and reduce costly time-to-response. A vision subsystem capable of imaging through low-visibility fire smoke and generating a 3D model of the local environment is an essential enabling technology for such a robotic firefighter. Typical stereo-pair camera techniques might be applied but visible imagery is obfuscated by smoke and infrared imagery poorly conveys edge detail and clear geometry definition in extreme thermal environments. LADAR is inhibited by scattering from smoke particles. Lynntech"s 3D Multispectral Vision System for robotic fire-fighting systems fuses smoke-penetrating LiDAR, thermal infrared, and visible imagery data to generate a geometrically-accurate model of the environment with surface-temperature data in real time. This unique combination of sensing modalities addresses the challenges imposed by a shipboard fire scenario and provides unprecedented situational awareness for operation in such environments.

Principal Investigator:

Tony Ragucci
Group Leader
(979) 764-2200
tony.ragucci@lynntech.com

Business Contact:

G. Hisaw
Sr. Contracts Administrat
(979) 764-2218
renee.hisaw@lynntech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Lynntech, Inc.
2501 Earl Rudder Freeway South College Station, TX -

EIN/Tax ID: 742463014
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Contact: Robert Kearns
Contact Phone: (412) 268-5837