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Biologically-inspired integrated vision systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-13-M-0089
Agency Tracking Number: F12B-T03-0156
Amount: $148,027.00
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): 2013-03-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2013-12-03
Small Business Information
825 S. Myrtle Ave.
Monrovia, CA -
United States
DUNS: 195754056
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Pat Shoemaker
 (626) 471-9700
Business Contact
 Kevin Dinniene
Title: CFO
Phone: (626) 417-9778
Research Institution
 University of Maryland
 Sean Humbert
College Park
College Park, MD 20815-
United States

 (301) 405-0325
 Nonprofit College or University

ABSTRACT: Tanner Research, Inc., in collaboration with University of Maryland, will determine feasibility and plan for development of technology based on insect visual sensing and processing, which will integrate three modes related to navigation and guidance: motion detection from imaging sensing; polarization sensing and processing to implement a celestial compass; and ocellar sensing and processing for fast attitude estimation. The implementation technology (analog CMOS front end) will be consistent with the requirements of miniature to micro-sized, autonomous/semi-autonomous air vehicles (MAVs), and the context will be vision-based flight control. Circuit models of sensing and processing will be jointly optimized with a wide-field integration (WFI) control approach. Phase II goal will be a full demonstration in an unconstrained, natural environment. BENEFIT: This work will provide a milestone in the development of autonomous/semi-autonomous MAVs, which will ultimately enable pervasive and unobtrusive intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, removing troops from harm"s way and vastly improving US capabilities against insurgent / guerilla warfare.

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