Creative Robots to Defeat Deeply Buried Targets

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-04-C-0190
Agency Tracking Number: F031-0017
Amount: $1,098,810.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: AF03-148
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
11970 Borman Dr., Suite 250, St. Louis, MO, 63146
DUNS: 011360364
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Thaler
 (314) 317-2228
 sthaler@imagination-engines.com
Business Contact
 Karen Kane
Phone: (314) 317-2228
Email: kkane@imagination-engines.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In Phase I, Imagination Engines, Inc. (IEI) has made revolutionary advances in the field of autonomous robotics by developing deliberative neural architectures capable of self-originating strategies in navigating and mapping virtual reality environments. Having overcome critical technical issues associated with two-way communication between these neural structures and the virtual robots they govern, IEI plans to develop a commercially viable software package wherein self-determining virtual robots may be constructed, evolved, and tested within settings having either military or commercial significance. Essential to this software package will be an export facility through which the underlying neural architectures, fine-tuned within virtual reality, can be ported to actual hardware (or complimentary simulation environments), allowing for very rapid robotic prototyping. Conversely, this software package will provide an import facility through which real-world knowledge gleaned from hardware-based systems can be exploited within virtual reality. Together, these import and export facilities will allow for iterative cycles of robot development alternating between simulation and reality. With this development environment as its centerpiece, IEI will form a consortium of companies to pioneer the use of this package in developing new robotic products and services, likewise using it as a virtual showcase for a wide range of existing products.

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