Intelligent Plume Mapping Payload (IPMP)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-19-P-2044
Agency Tracking Number: F18B-009-0001
Amount: $149,955.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF18B-T009
Solicitation Number: 2018.2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-07-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-07-22
Small Business Information
250 Main Street, Montpelier, VT, 05602
DUNS: 079601612
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gregory Hewitt
 (802) 345-2053
Business Contact
 Philip Stimac
Phone: (734) 272-1717
Research Institution
 University of Vermont
 Olivia Luck
 201 S Presidents Cir Rm 406
Salt Lake City, NV, 84112
 (775) 972-8943
 Nonprofit college or university
With recent programs that enable the airborne launch and recovery of UAVs, there are opportunities to provide aerial threat assessment in difficult to deploy areas. A valuable enhancement to the airborne-deployed UAV system are sensors that detect invisible threats such as chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) weapons. The Intelligent Plume Mapping Payload, proposed by Deep Analytics LLC (DA), is a chemical and radionuclide sensing UAV payload that uses cutting edge machine learning techniques to estimate the plume source and extents in real time with the ability to automatically re-task the host UAV to sample additional regions of the plume as needed. DA has partnered with the University of Vermont to provide their cutting edge plume mapping approach to bolster DAs experience with payloads, UAV simulators, CBRNE sensors, and embedded computing. The phase I project focuses on adapting the machine learning method (a modified counter propagation neural network) to airborne plume mapping using simulated plumes, an assessment of the characteristics of chemical and radionuclide sensors for the UAV domain (e.g., effects of wind, prop wash, humidity, etc.), and the development of a hardware-in-the-loop simulator integrating the sensor hardware, our existing UAS flight simulator, and the simulated plume.

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