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EBP: The Ersatz Brain Project

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
72945
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-109-1952
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: EBP: The Ersatz Brain Project
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8750-06-C-0045
Award Amount: $736,956.00
 

Abstract:

This project is an attempt to design a computer suitable for the efficient execution of software that displays human-like cognitive abilities. Examples of such software applications include natural language understanding, text processing, conceptually based internet search, natural human-computer interfaces, cognitively based data mining, sensor fusion, and image understanding. The architecture is based on mammalian neocortex. Although we do not think that it is possible to instantiate a true cortical model, we feel that a model that borrows key elements from cortical design is a critical starting point computing systems with the power, flexibility, and subtlety of the actual brain. In Phase 1 of the Ersatz Brain Project (EBP ) we expanded our original conception to include a computationally richer representational architecture than the originally proposed two-dimensional locally connected lattice. Additionally, through simulations, we have discovered how powerful learning rules can be easily incorporated into the EBP.

Principal Investigator:

Paul Allopenna
Cognitive Scientist
7814962486
pallopenna@aptima.com

Business Contact:

Margaret J. Clancy
Chief Financial Officer
7814962415
clancy@aptima.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

APTIMA, INC.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043281859
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No