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Biologically-inspired Integrated Vision System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-13-M-0085
Agency Tracking Number: F12B-T03-0027
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF12-BT03
Solicitation Number: 2012.B
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-02-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2013-11-19
Small Business Information
1785 Locust St. #10
Pasadena, CA -
United States
DUNS: 108540340
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Francis Reininger
 (626) 578-0626
Business Contact
 Ella Makarkina
Title: Owner
Phone: (626) 578-0662
Research Institution
 University of Arizona
 Charles Higgins
Department of Neuroscience 1040 E 4th Street, G-S Rm 611
Tucson, AZ 85721-
United States

 (520) 621-6629
 Nonprofit College or University

ABSTRACT: The U.S. Air Force has a need to develop a new class of advanced, wide field of view (WFOV) imaging sensors that sample the radiation field in multiple modes: spectral, temporal, polarization, and detailed object shape. These multimodal sensors are to be deployed on high altitude drones to enhance their intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities. Smaller versions of the sensor are to be integrated with autonomous micro-air vehicles (MAV) to provide guidance, navigation, control and motion detection information within cluttered environments. The Spectral Imaging Laboratory (SPILAB) has teamed with the University of Arizona's Department of Neuroscience and College of Optical Sciences to investigate the development of the new sensor, taking inspiration from biological systems. The proposed optical portion of the sensor will combine the WFOV, multimodal compound eye attributes of mantis shrimps with the high resolution single aperture attributes of jumping spiders. The proposed neuromorphic processing portion of the sensor will be designed on the basis of known functional connections in the visual brain areas of insects and crotalid snakes. The integrated system is expected to provide high-speed motion detection, targeted distance information and camouflage deciphering against a cluttered background in daylight or darkness. BENEFIT: The proposed multimodal integrated vision system can provide the US Air Force with enhanced intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities on various aircraft. The wide angle optics coupled to a fast neuromorphic focal plane can enhance the guidance, navigation and control of seekers and autonomous vehicles. Commercial applications include surveillance, robotics, machine vision, and high end automobile collision avoidance systems, which can benefit from motion sensing, autonomous navigation, and distortion free, wide angle viewing without the need for focus adjustment.

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