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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-05-C-0303
Agency Tracking Number: N045-005-0116
Amount: $997,481.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-T005
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-08-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-08-16
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
 jmoody@augustasystems.com
Business Contact
 Patrick Esposito, II
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (304) 599-3200
Email: patesposito@augustasystems.com
Research Institution
 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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