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  1. Artificial Intelligence Software to Tutor Literary Braille to the Blind and Visually Impaired

    SBC: Quantum Simulations, Inc.            Topic: N/A

    Purpose: Braille is the primary medium of written communication for persons who are blind. Prior research shows that Braille literacy strongly correlates with stronger reading habits and the pursuit of higher education, whereas Braille illiteracy negatively impacts students' academic performance and ability to navigate the everyday world. A recent report found that there has been a dramatic declin ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 Department of Education
  2. Viability of Crowd-Source Transit Information Systems

    SBC: View Update Media LLC            Topic: 121FT1

    The company is commercializing a mobile social computing system named Tiramisu (“pick me up” in Italian) that is intended to connect riders and transit service providers. It supports a variety of collaboration mechanisms designed to improve the experience of riders in a transit service and improve the service provided by service operators. The system has been designed using current knowledge i ...

    SBIR Phase I 2012 Department of Transportation
  3. A Machine Learning Tool for Image Quality Assessment through Prediction of Iris Recognition Success

    SBC: Neya Systems, LLC (formerly Rhobotika, LLC)            Topic: HSB0112005

    In Phase I we developed a machine learning method for predicting match score errors in iris imagery to determine the quality of the image. We now propose to develop a flexible and configurable tool for creating, refining, and applying such a match score predictor to any image quality assessment problem where a training signal can be identified. The tool will enable users to supply ground truth for ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 Department of Homeland Security
  4. Individualized Fatigue Management Program Technology for Trucking Operations

    SBC: PULSAR INFORMATICS, INC.            Topic: 091FM1

    Individual differences in vulnerability to sleep loss and fatigue from extended work hours and night work are a substantial problem in transportation policy making, work schedule development, fatigue risk management strategies, and prediction of performance impairment in real-world operations (Van Dongen et al. 2003; Mollicone et al. 2010). Our group was the first to document the considerable magn ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 Department of Transportation
  5. Development of manufacturing technology for the practical application of specialized and environmentally sensitive nutrients, enzymes, immune-stimulating compounds and biologics to aquafeeds

    SBC: Zeigler Bros, Inc.            Topic: 823F

    Zeigler Bros., Inc. (ZBI) has teamed with Harrisvaccines, Inc. (HV) to develop a new aquafeed manufacturing platform for the practical application of underutilized feed additives. These include enzymes, immune-stimulating compounds and biologics that require specialized protection to ensure they are delivered to the animal as viable compounds. ZBI pioneered microparticle feeds and will use this ...

    SBIR Phase I 2012 Department of Commerce
  6. Client-Centered Calibration of the NOAA Climate Forecast System

    SBC: PRESCIENT WEATHER LTD            Topic: 821C

    Prescient Weather process five integrated Phase II tasks to increase the value of the NOAA Climate Forecast System and to assist the private sector in managing weather and climate risk and opportunity: The Phase II tasks are: (1) Develop an optimal WCS seasonal multi-model ensemble by calibrating and combining the NWS CFSv2, the ECMWF SFSv4, and the new National Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME) to cre ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 Department of Commerce
  7. Integrated Vibration and Acceleration Testing to Reduce Payload Mass, Cost and Mission Risk

    SBC: American Aerospace Advisors, Inc            Topic: T702

    We propose to develop a capability to provide integrated acceleration, vibration, and shock testing using a state-of-the-art centrifuge, allowing for the test of synergistic effects of these combined environments. By installing a shaker table on the centrifuge, the test setup can provide both sustained and dynamic-g loads as well as simultaneous vibration loads, in two independent axes. This metho ...

    STTR Phase I 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. Multi-Robot Systems for Subsurface Planetary Exploration

    SBC: Astrobotic Technology, Inc.            Topic: T801

    The proposed innovation is a heterogeneous multi-robot team developed as a platform for effective subsurface planetary exploration. State-of-art robotic exploration is based on single-robot systems with human controllers augmented by limited automation. This system requires near-constant communication and a single failure results in the end of the mission. A multi-robot system offers more efficien ...

    STTR Phase I 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. Novel Design of Orifice Type Control Element for Mitigating Instabilities

    SBC: COMBUSTION RESEARCH AND FLOW TECHNOLOGY INC            Topic: T1001

    An orifice element is commonly used in liquid rocket engine test facilities to provide a large reduction in pressure over a very small distance in the piping system. Orifice elements are used in propellant lines, feed systems, plume suppression systems and steam ejector trains. While the orifice as a device is largely effective in stepping down pressure, it is also susceptible to a wake-vortex ty ...

    STTR Phase II 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. Lightweight Composite/Hybrid Structures with Enhanced Properties

    SBC: MATERIALS RESEARCH & DESIGN INC            Topic: AF10BT27

    ABSTRACT: Future hypersonic vehicles, like X-43 and X-51 derivatives and Falcon HTV-3, will require advanced strategies for thermal protection systems (TPS) and methods of structural integration. The goal in designing TPS for these types of high performance applications is to establish multi-mission reusable systems with reduced weight and increased performance that possess multifunctionality, e ...

    STTR Phase I 2012 Department of DefenseAir Force

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