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Mobile Wildlife Surveillance System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9302-19-P-1027
Agency Tracking Number: F183-025-0718
Amount: $149,612.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF183-025
Solicitation Number: 18.3
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-03-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-03-28
Small Business Information
3741 Plaza Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
United States
DUNS: 197187602
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Charles Cohen
 Senior Research Engineer
 (734) 668-2567
Business Contact
 Margaret Press
Phone: (734) 668-2567
Research Institution

The Air Force Base has a requirement, based on the Endangered Species Act, the Sikes Act, and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, to maintain the natural environment near their facilities, while still meeting military mission objectives. We propose the creation and deployment of a remotely controlled or fully automated robotic (operator choice) mobile wildlife surveillance system (MWSS) or in support of managing natural resources. The system will be comprised of a small rugged robot that drives a search pattern based on a map and detected obstacles, and is able to collect video (visible light, IR, and perhaps thermal), audio, and weather related (e.g. temperature, pressure, and airspeed) data using a suite of relevant sensors. The sensor data will be recorded and analyzed using deep learning software trained to recognize the relevant fauna and animal dwellings. The recorded data will be tagged with the identification information, and if the confidence is high enough, the robot will remotely notify experts, allowing teleoperation (if desired) of the robot and the sensors in order to verify or refute the automated detection. This verification/refutation can then subsequently be used to improve the identification process via more training

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