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3D Printed, Modular E-Skin for Submersible and Scalable Tactile Sensing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-22-C-0255
Agency Tracking Number: N22A-T018-0157
Amount: $239,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N22A-T018
Solicitation Number: 22.A
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-06-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-12-11
Small Business Information
12345 W. 52nd Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033-1916
United States
DUNS: 181947730
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Girish Srinivas
 (303) 940-2321
Business Contact
 Mr. John D. Wright
Phone: (303) 940-2300
Research Institution
 Northwestern University
 Ryan Truby
Cook Hall, Room 2036, 2200 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL 60208-3108
United States

 (847) 491-3537
 Nonprofit College or University

Current robotic technologies are excellent at operating and performing tasks in structured environments. However, operating in variable terrain, such as underwater environments, or manipulating variable objects and tools requires sensory perception akin to human skin. Electronic skins (e-skins) are an emerging technology which promise to allow autonomous robots to operate in variable environments. These technologies seek to mimic the sensory perception of human skin, enabling robots to feel and manipulate objects around them, as well as move through their environment in unstructured, complex pathways. To date, research and development of e-skins has been heavily laboratory focused. Additionally, researchers often seek to achieve sensitivities far beyond what is necessary for a useful e-skin, resulting in overly complex AI architectures and production processes. 3D printed e-skins offer a route to develop a cheap, easily scalable manufacturing process, enabling the rapid development and deployment of e-skins. In this project, TDA proposes development of a modular 3D printed, easily scalable E-skin intended for use in underwater environments.

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