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Diver Physiology Sense and Control Platform

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Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
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2013 / SBIR
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Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Diver Physiology Sense and Control Platform
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-13-C-0148
Award Amount: $99,834.00


To address the U.S. DARPA need for a novel and integrated microsystems platform that dynamically senses and controls warfighter physiology to enable extreme military dive operations, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop the new Diver Physiology Sense and Control (DIPSEC) platform based on the use of a novel gas mixture and biosensor providing constant physiological feedback, and algorithms for dynamic control of pressure-related physiologic conditions. These DIPSEC innovations will enable safe operation in extreme combat dives. In Phase I, POC will define the gas mixtures suitable for the representative dive profile and explore and develop requirements for the dynamic mixed-gas model and control algorithm. Also, POC will design a breadboard mixed-gas platform for use in simulated dive profiles within a chamber. In addition, POC will develop the military and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulatory approval plan for the DIPSEC platform. In Phase II, POC will develop, demonstrate, and validate a dynamic model and control algorithm using a small animal model. At the conclusion of Phase II, POC will provide a detailed plan for algorithm optimization, hardware miniaturization and integration into a prototype device, and transition of a man-portable prototype device into operationally relevant environments.

Principal Investigator:

Gregory Zeltser
Principal Scientist
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

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

Physical Optics Corporation
Photonic Systems Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA -

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