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Vibration-Enhanced Sensing of Buried Landmines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-20-C-0052
Agency Tracking Number: A2-8234
Amount: $1,099,960.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A16A-T004
Solicitation Number: 16.A
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-09-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-08-31
Small Business Information
601 Hutton St STE 109
Raleigh, NC 27606-6322
United States
DUNS: 148551653
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Josh Wetherington
 (919) 341-8241
Business Contact
 Gary Edge
Phone: (919) 949-4111
Research Institution
 North Carolina State University
 Mohammed Zirky
2701 Sullivan Dr., Suite 240, Campus Box 7514
Raleigh, NC 27695-7514
United States

 (919) 515-5237
 Nonprofit College or University

Vadum proposes to mature its Vibration-Enhanced Underground Sensing (VENUS) technology into a reliable, shallow-buried low-metal-content landmine discrimination and classification solution with minimal False Alarm Rate (FAR).  VENUS exploits a novel vibration phenomenology to provide unique discriminatory information and estimated classification of the buried target that enhances and complements other landmine detection sensors operating in traditional modes.  The low size, weight, and power (SWAP) sensor facilitates VENUS integration into a mine clearance system of systems solution as a standalone unit or as a sensor-fused enhancement to existing anti-personnel (AP) mine detectors by leveraging common sensor components.  In Sequential Phase-II, Vadum will upgrade the existing VENUS system to achieve the desired detection depth and integrate machine learning-based buried target classification with validated testing at TRL-6.  To complement the design effort, North Carolina State University (NCSU) will expand its state-of-the-art predictive models for multi-physics interactions between the VENUS system and complex, buried targets.

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