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Biomimetic Integrated Optical Sensor Systems

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
2013 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Luminit, LLC
1850 W 205th Street Torrance, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Biomimetic Integrated Optical Sensor Systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8651-13-M-0086
Award Amount: $149,993.00


ABSTRACT: To address the Air Force"s need for a novel advanced imaging sensor concept that samples all of the information in the radiation field, taking inspiration from biological systems, Luminit proposes to develop a new Biomimetic Integrated Optical Sensor (BIOS) system. The system will be based on the unique integration of a wide field-of-view (FOV) miniature staring multi-aperture compound eye with a high-speed, low-cost, polarization and spectral selective liquid crystal (LC) filter array, a focal plane array (FPA), and a neural network processor. The BIOS system will meet the Air Force"s requirements to use most if not all of the information in the light field, including spectral, temporal, polarization, and intensity for detailed object shape, for applications enabling autonomous behavior, including egomotion determination, to aid in navigation; as well as target detection, recognition, ranging, and tracking. In Phase I, Luminit plans to develop a design for a prototype system and analyze the design to demonstrate functionality and feasibility via fabrication of a proof-of-concept prototype. In Phase II, Luminit plans to further refine the system design and produce a deliverable functional prototype with preliminary contractor testing, amenable to further in-depth testing by the sponsor. BENEFIT: The proposed BIOS system will benefit both the government and commercial sectors. The lightweight, low-cost BIOS sensor will have numerous military applications, including incorporation by the Air Force into all aircraft platforms as well as UAV programs for ISR sensors and sensors for autonomous vehicles. The potential commercial applications of the BIOS device include surveillance sensors, and sensors for search and rescue.

Principal Investigator:

Xiaowei Xia
Senior Research Scientist
(310) 320-1066

Business Contact:

Engin Arik
President and CEO
(310) 320-1066
Small Business Information at Submission:

Luminit, LLC
1850 205th Street Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 203829605
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of California, LA
Dept of Electrical Engineering
University of California, LA
Los Angeles, CA 90095-
Contact: Adogan Ozcan
Contact Phone: (310) 825-0915