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The Automated Control of Complex Tasks in Animals

Award Information

Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
DARPA 09-004
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Advanced Anti-Terror Technologies Corp.
13900 CR 455 Unit 107 #306 Clermont, FL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: The Automated Control of Complex Tasks in Animals
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-10-C-0039
Award Amount: $98,999.00


The aims and opportunities of our Automated Control Enhancement(ACE) modules are enabling of automated training of complex tasks in animals; innovative new remote tele-presence/robot/canine operational teams; and, ultimately, entirely new classes and types of augmented-reality enhanced canines. Initial canine screening, selection, and early-skill acquisition are most efficiently performed within ACE add-on modules fitted to existing portable containers where the target scent detection and other complex tasks are performed within our tightly controlled environment, with tactile, audio, and video cues in addition to conventional obstacles and realistic search conditions. Automated, repetitive, consistent leading and reinforcement of complex tasks along with automated performance measures drastically reduce the human experts' participation in hours and costs. ACE add-on modules can also be used in field training and, ultimately, operational scenarios. Existing canine realistic training methods can be augmented with ACE modules, enabling seamless progression to operational scenarios. Specifically envisioned are tele-presence and automated control progressions from within portable containers, to in-the-field conditions, to remote control operational scenarios with robots, and, ultimately, animal-wearable ACE-modules. Beyond our initial focus on canine complex tasks and operational enhancements, we envision reuse of our successful innovations for other species of animals, again progressing from portable structure training, tele-presence remote symbiotic partner(s), and, eventually, animal-wearable, augmented-reality symbiotic enhancements.

Principal Investigator:

Martin LaHart

Business Contact:

Elizabeth Alessi
Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Anti-Terror Technologies Corp. (A2T2)
896 W Minneola Ave Suite 57 Clermont, FL 34711

EIN/Tax ID: 562617363
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No