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Imaging through low-visibility fire smoke for ship-board navigation of robotic…

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2014 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc.
CA Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1674
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2014
Title: Imaging through low-visibility fire smoke for ship-board navigation of robotic fire-fighting systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-14-C-0065
Award Amount: $480,976.00


The goals of this Phase II project are to develop a prototype vision system and demonstrate its capability of locating boundaries and obstructions, normally 15 feet away, within one second in scenarios containing smoke from a real fire. This vision system needs to be compact and lightweight. ASC will fabricate and modify a new TigerCub camera and take advantages of its weather resistant ability as well as the replaceable external laser design to accomplish the task. To evaluate the system performance quantitatively and record valuable information for further improvement, there is need to carry out tests in a well-controlled fire lab. ASC will work with Dr. Brian Lattimer at Virginia Tech to control smoke densities, flame size, and water suppression effects during data acquisition. ASC will also develop a calibration procedure to quantify the accuracy because profiling uncertainty levels will be essential for later developments in high-level mapping and path planning algorithms of the robotic firefighting system. Thermal tests for equipment survival in real fire environment are more suitable to be carried out in the subsequent projects after the system accuracy has been verified and achieves the expected goal. The deliverables of this project include a prototype of the testing unit, tailored control/display software installed on a selected laptop, operational manual, status reports and the final report.

Principal Investigator:

Bradley Short
Principal Investigator
(805) 966-3331

Business Contact:

Roger Stettner
(805) 966-3331
Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc.
135 E. Ortega Street Santa Barbara, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 770149982
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Virginia Tech
1880 Pratt Dr., Ste. 2006
Blacksburg, VA 24060-
Contact: Crystal B. Moore
Contact Phone: (540) 231-9390