USA flag logo/image

An Official Website of the United States Government

Intelligent Stand-off Psycho-Physiological Indicator

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-1510
View profile »
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Intelligent Stand-off Psycho-Physiological Indicator
Agency: DOD
Contract: W911QX-12-C-0135
Award Amount: $99,983.00


To address the Army"s need for human deception detection, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop an Intelligent Stand-off Psycho-Physiological Indicator (I-SPY) system. The I-SPY multi-sensor system synergistically integrates the sensing of human physiological characteristics with human behavioral traits as unique signatures of stress in individuals with intent to deceive. The key innovation in I-SPY is its novel system design, which is a covert, noncontact, nonintrusive detection of deception. The novel fusion of multiple sensing methodologies significantly reduces the false alarm rate (FAR) and improves the detection probability to 95%. The compact and portable (8 in. x 6-in. x 6-in.; ~10 lb) I-SPY system incorporates commercial off-the-shelf components to reduce failure risk and significantly reduce cost. The covert system operates at a 2-m stand-off distance from the suspect, acquires data unobtrusively and sends it to local computer or PDA via Wi-Fi. In Phase I, POC will conduct a feasibility study to ascertain all possible human signatures that indicate stress, conduct modeling and simulation of the sensing methods, develop detection and estimation algorithms, and build a proof-of-concept prototype. In Phase II, POC will develop a field-worthy TRL 4-5 prototype that will be validated against standards set by National Center for Credibility Assessment.

Principal Investigator:

Ninad Patnekar
Group Leader
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
Applied Technologies Division 1845 W. 205th Street To, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No