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Biologically-Inspired Swarm pErception and Control Technology (BISECT)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-17-C-0036
Agency Tracking Number: D162-005-0135
Amount: $149,897.60
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB162-005
Solicitation Number: 2016.2
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-02-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-01-04
Small Business Information
500 West Cummings Park, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 859244204
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Jovan Boskovic
 Principal Research Engineer
 (781) 933-5355
Business Contact
 Dr. Jay Miselis
Phone: (781) 933-5355
Research Institution
SSCI, University of Pennsylvania (UPenn, Dr. Amanda Prorok and Prof. V. J. Kumar) and Arizona State University (ASU, Prof. Stephen Pratt) propose to carry out initial analysis, development, implementation and testing of the Biologically-Inspired Swarm pErception and Control Technology (BISECT). The proposed BISECT capability addresses the problem of synthesizing optimal control policies for heterogeneous swarms to execute multiple parallel tasks that demand specialized skill sets, despite the presence of neutral and/or adversarial swarms hindering the mission. Four key capabilities will be developed: (1) design of control policies that result in desired outcomes of emergent behaviors, (2) identification of control policies and intents of neutral/adversarial swarms, (3) incorporation of identified control policies and intents into the design, and (4) implementation of active perception and control strategies to actively pursue information and adapt own behaviors. We will put particular emphasis on defining the gray-zone missions best suited for our swarm technology.

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