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  1. Deep Learning-based Vehicle Tracking with Multiple Sensors

    SBC: PHYSICAL OPTICS CORPORATION            Topic: 180FH3

    Deep Learning-based Vehicle Tracking with Multiple Sensors 3/19/2018 The DOT is seeking an integrated unit that is capable of identifying and tracking individual vehicles with high accuracy using multiple vehicle detection inputs, including video images, radar-based detection, and wireless signal inputs (including DSRC, cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth signals), with a deep learning-based engine ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Transportation
  2. Digital Twins for Bridge Management through the Integrating of Computer Vision and Finite Element Models

    SBC: S C SOLUTIONS INC            Topic: 180FH2

    Digital Twins for Bridge Management through the Integrating of Computer Vision and Finite Element Models 3/19/2018 We propose the development of an innovative integrated solution for health monitoring of bridge structures using a non-contact image-based measurement methodology. High-resolution and regular camera systems will be used to capture the bridge movements and the traffic passing the b ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Transportation
  3. Resilient Wayside Structures to Reduce Severity of Passenger Equipment Collisions and Derailments

    SBC: PROTECTION ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS LLC            Topic: 171FR3

    Proposal title: Resilient Wayside Structures to Reduce Severity of Passenger Equipment Collisions and Derailments Additional passenger fatalities/injuries can occur during derailments involving interaction with wayside structures. Analogously, automobile fatalities often result from interaction of vehicles with roadside structures; personnel hazard reduction is a key design criterion for roadsid ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Transportation
  4. An Autonomous Pallet-Stacking Robot for Field Use

    SBC: Tanner Research, Inc.            Topic: 813

    We propose to develop a lightweight and affordable one-armed autonomous robot to transfer produce from a wheeled transport robot to a pallet. In-field automation improves efficiency by increasing production and/or reducing labor costs by up to $35M/year for California strawberries alone. Our robot will improve health and safety by reducing worker injuries from repeated lifting and by minimizing ch ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  5. An Accessible Microfluidic Protoplast Selection and Isolation Tool for Transformation and Gene Editing Workflows

    SBC: Nodexus Inc            Topic: 813

    Improvements in genome engineering tools have enabled unprecedented control over genetic material, allowing for tremendous potential for creating new crop varieties. As the world population climbs, there are increasing demands to efficiently produce and distribute food. This challenge, as well as higher temperatures, drought, flooding, pests, and disease place food security among the top of worldw ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  6. SPLAT FAW: An inexpensive mating disruption solution to effectively protect row crops from damaging insecticide-resistant fall armyworms.

    SBC: Isca Technologies, Inc.            Topic: 82

    Summary:The objective of this project is to develop SPLAT FAW, a formulation to disrupt the mating of FAW in corn and other row crops, suppressing the pest's population in the treated area as well as the damage inflicted to the crop. An infestation by FAW can cause 15-73% reductions in corn crop yield, leading to losses between $0.5B and $2B a year. This makes FAW a serious liability for agric ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  7. Biodegradable Lubricants from Renewable Feedstocks

    SBC: Tetramer Technologies,L.L.C.            Topic: 88

    Current agriculture and off-road equipment requires the use of lubricants to ensure efficient operation of integral hydraulic and gear driven systems. The lubricants, either oils or greases, aid in reducing friction, dissipating heat, prevent oxidation, and seal of water and debris from vital areas of the equipment. During operation, equipment may have slight leaks or suffer catastrophic failures ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  8. Corn Based Chemistries For Making Renewable Optical Polymers

    SBC: Novol Inc            Topic: 88

    In summary, this proposal will build a route to industrial manufacturing of a commercially viable polymeric material using Corn-based monomers like Isosorbide, test these methods and demonstrate a path to a prototype product. Work presented in this proposal is novel and unique in the following ways:First application of Isosorbide for making optical polymersFirst report of non-brittle Isosorbide po ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  9. Phosphatase engineering for microbial production of a high-value organic acid

    SBC: Lygos, Inc.            Topic: 88

    Lygos is developing novel bio-manufacturing processes to valuable chemicals. Our targeted chemicals have existing, large markets of >$250MM per year. Current petroleum-based production of these chemicals has a number of pitfalls. Current chemical manufacturing requires petroleum feedstocks, utilize environmentally damaging processes, achieve low-yields, and have high production costs. In contra ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  10. Mapping and Predicting Tree Mortality using High-resolution Nanosatellite Data for Improved Forest Management

    SBC: Salo Sciences, Inc.            Topic: 81

    This project will enable forest monitoring at previously inaccessible scales by combining daily, high resolution satellite imagery with deep learning algorithms and extensive field observations. The innovation in this proposal is not in developing any one of the approaches; high resolution imagery has previously been used to map tree mortality, and deep learning has been used for object detection ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture

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