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Automated Modeling and Simulation Tool for Lightening the Load of Warfighters

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
85164
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N08A-019-0299
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
VizTek, Inc
1910 South Gilbert Street Iowa City, IA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Automated Modeling and Simulation Tool for Lightening the Load of Warfighters
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-08-M-0272
Award Amount: $69,970.00
 

Abstract:

Today's Warfighter often carries an inordinate load that can lead to injuries and encumbered performance. Equipment is distributed among squad members with little, if any regard for differences in strength and anthropometry. Consequently, the current focus on human-centric design requires a modeling and simulation tool that can reduce the load Warfighters carry and can help distribute equipment among squad member more efficiently. This, in turn, increases effectiveness, saves money, saves time, and saves lives. Santos, Inc. and The University of Iowa's Virtual Soldier Research (VSR) Program have experience and expertise tailored to providing precisely this kind of tool. The proposed research will leverage VSR's long standing partnerships with the U.S. military and industries, and will center around SantosTM, which is a complete, high fidelity, autonomous digital human who predicts posture, motion, strength, muscle fatigue, physiological indices, and more. Phase I of this work will provide a feasibility study for four components of a comprehensive toolkit: 1) squad optimization for automatically distributing equipment among squad members based on mission and Warfighter characteristics, 2) physics-based dynamic motion prediction for predicting how Warfighters move, and 3) equipment models that link with motion prediction to determine how Warfighters interact with equipment.

Principal Investigator:

Karim Abdel-Malek
Director, CCAD
3193355676
amalek@engineering.uiowa.edu

Business Contact:

Rich Lineback
VP, Engineering
3193355723
rlinebac@engineering.uiowa.edu
Small Business Information at Submission:

SANTOS, INC.
Oakdale Research Campus Iowa City, IA 52242

EIN/Tax ID: 334588127
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
THE UNIV. OF IOWA
2 Gilmore Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242
Contact: Twila F. Reighley
Contact Phone: (319) 335-2123
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university