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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$747,737.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-05-C-0303
Award Id:
70404
Agency Tracking Number:
N045-005-0116
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3606 Collins Ferry Road, Suite 202, Morgantown, WV, 26505
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
047862045
Principal Investigator:
John Moody
Director of Systems Engineering
(304) 599-4255
jmoody@augustasystems.com
Business Contact:
Patrick Esposito, II
Chief Operating Officer
(304) 599-3200
patesposito@augustasystems.com
Research Institute:
WEST VIRGINIA UNIV.
Alan Martin
886 Chestnut Ridge Rd.,
Morgantown, WV, 26506
(304) 293-7398
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The objective of this project is to develop algorithms controlling the high level flight pattern of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) utilizing swarming technology in a manner to maximize Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) performance for a selected algorithm through cooperative search operations involving a larger number of inexpensive UAVs. Based upon the success and results of the Phase I work, this will be accomplished through the selection of a suitable ATR algorithm and sensor, modeling of the ATR algorithm and sensor performance, development of reactive agents to support appropriate, cooperative, swarming behaviors, development and application of optimization techniques for the reactive agent parameters, and ground truth verification of overall system performance.

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