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Rodent Audio Signal Processor (RASP)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Program
Contract: W81XWH-17-C-0033
Agency Tracking Number: H16C-003-0050
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: DHP16C-003
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-04-21
Small Business Information
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000
Medford, MA 02155
United States
DUNS: 786127522
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Peter Scheidler
 Electrical Engineer
 (781) 306-0609
 pscheidler@mide.com
Business Contact
 Attila Lengyel
Phone: (781) 306-0609
Email: alengyel@mide.com
Research Institution
 Tufts University
 Klaus A Miczek, Ph.D
 
419 Boston Ave Array
Medford, MA 02155
United States

 (617) 627-3414
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract

Rodents serve as models for the human brain and behavior, and their calls give researchers a window into their mood. Unfortunately, rodent calls are ultrasonic, so a researcher must record a test and then play the audio back at a slower speed to manually categorize and count calls. Software does exist to accomplish this task, but it does not have the ease of use or accuracy that researchers want. Mide, in partnership with Tufts University and Dr. James Reno, propose to automate this task by creating software that will automatically count calls, categorize the calls, and provide confidence measurements to alert the researcher to gradual changes in a subjects performance. The algorithms to identify rodent calls will be based on the WAAVES algorithms developed by Dr. Reno as part of his paper Automating Ultrasonic Vocalization Analyses: The WAAVES Program. The main software interface will be based on Mides existing SlamStick Lab program, which is used in vibration analysis.

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