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Automated Deployable Robust Training System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-16-C-0104
Agency Tracking Number: A2-6370
Amount: $533,868.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A15A-T012
Solicitation Number: 2015.0
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-09-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-09-25
Small Business Information
1410 Sachem Place
Charlottesville, VA 22901
United States
DUNS: 120839477
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Mr. William Gressick
 (434) 973-1215
 barron@bainet.com
Business Contact
 Connie Hoover
Phone: (434) 973-1215
Email: barron@bainet.com
Research Institution
 University of Virginia
 Robert Merhige
 
PO Box 400195
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4195
United States

 (434) 924-4270
 Nonprofit College or University
Abstract

Barron Associates, Inc. proposes to develop the Phase II Automated Deployable Robust Training (ADROIT) System, a comprehensive environment to train and deploy vertebrates to detect and mark landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) quickly and accurately. The ADROIT system will be designed to be cost-effective, automated, flexible, scalable, modular, and robust, with a focus on training efficiency. Animals can be trained for a variety of field-use scenarios using the system. The ADROIT system will incorporate graphical user interface software featuring an automated scoring system to objectively measure a suite of metrics, including each individual animal's accuracy, sensitivity, and detection speed. The proposed work is the evolution of a previous, highly successful effort to develop a first generation system. Animals will be trained in custom, modular operant chambers using Pavlovian conditioning procedures following an optimized multi-stage behavioral shaping protocol. The ADROIT system will automatically compute performance statistics and advance individuals animals through the training process at an adaptive pace. The animals will wear a custom, patent-pending electronics jacket that will wirelessly relay detection information in real-time. The ADROIT system's modular nature will facilitate both parallel training and field deployment to increase reliability and operational efficiency.

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