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Biologically-inspired integrated vision systems

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2013 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Tanner Research Inc.
825 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016-3424
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Biologically-inspired integrated vision systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8651-13-M-0089
Award Amount: $148,027.00


ABSTRACT: Tanner Research, Inc., in collaboration with University of Maryland, will determine feasibility and plan for development of technology based on insect visual sensing and processing, which will integrate three modes related to navigation and guidance: motion detection from imaging sensing; polarization sensing and processing to implement a celestial compass; and ocellar sensing and processing for fast attitude estimation. The implementation technology (analog CMOS front end) will be consistent with the requirements of miniature to micro-sized, autonomous/semi-autonomous air vehicles (MAVs), and the context will be vision-based flight control. Circuit models of sensing and processing will be jointly optimized with a wide-field integration (WFI) control approach. Phase II goal will be a full demonstration in an unconstrained, natural environment. BENEFIT: This work will provide a milestone in the development of autonomous/semi-autonomous MAVs, which will ultimately enable pervasive and unobtrusive intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, removing troops from harm"s way and vastly improving US capabilities against insurgent / guerilla warfare.

Principal Investigator:

Pat Shoemaker
(626) 471-9700

Business Contact:

Kevin Dinniene
(626) 417-9778
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Tanner Research, Inc.
825 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 954163780
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Maryland
College Park
College Park, MD 20815-
Contact: Sean Humbert
Contact Phone: (301) 405-0325