Development of a Concept for Swarmed mini-UAVs for Automatic Target Recognition

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-04-M-0288
Agency Tracking Number: N045-005-0116
Amount: $99,149.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-T005
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3606 Collins Ferry Road, Suite 202, Morgantown, WV, 26505
DUNS: 047862045
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Moody
 Director of Systems Engineering
 (304) 599-4255
Business Contact
 Patrick Esposito, II
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (304) 599-3200
Research Institution
 West Virginia University
 Matthew Valenti
 P.O. Box 6109
Morgantown, WV, 26506
 (304) 293-6371
 Nonprofit college or university
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have served to enhance and augment the surveillance and reconnaissance abilities of the military of the United States of America. In developing the next generation of UAVs, the application of novel methodologies to UAV control will become more important as the number and mission criticality of deployed UAVs continues to increase. One of these novel approaches, long considered to possess some ideal characteristics, is the idea of reactive agents and the associated emergent behavior. This technique possesses the potential to provide minimal user intervention, a high level of robustness, and largely autonomous operation provided that suitable algorithms and techniques can be developed. The proposed work should provide the basic mathematical framework for reactive agent based Automatic Target Recognition in which these reactive agents could be simulated and, based on this simulation, optimization strategies for simple emergent behaviors developed along with mission based parameters estimated. The proposed approach models sensing behavior from an information theory perspective and then utilizes this in generating mission based system parameters followed by optimization of those parameters. If successful, this should allow for the implementation of reactive agent based techniques for UAV control embodying the benefits as appropriate.

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