CURVE (Coordinated UV Routing in Variable Environments)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-05-C-0382
Agency Tracking Number: N045-003-0085
Amount: $738,627.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-T003
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
40201 Highway 190 East, Slidell, LA, 70461
DUNS: 788021749
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Donald Delbalzo
 Sr. Scientist
 (985) 649-7252
Business Contact
 Marshall Earle
Title: Asst. Vice President
Phone: (985) 649-7252
Research Institution
 Xiao-Rong Li
 2000 Lakeshore Drive, CERM Bldg., Room no. 422
New Orleans, LA, 70148
 (504) 280-7416
 Nonprofit college or university
The objective is to determine the best algorithmic approach to optimally select unmanned vehicle flight paths that maximize mission success for attached sensors. That involves trade-offs between a) active emissions and passive collections, b) high and low altitudes, c) high and low speeds, d) day and night operations, e) rough and smooth terrain, f) accuracy and efficiency, etc. The solutions will optimize altitude and speed, accounting for the tradeoff between mission success, sensor performance, fuel efficiency, and vulnerability. The solution will involve a strategy for active emissions that considers target reaction. Optimal emission strategies (in space and time) will be evaluated that cause desired threat behavior (i.e., herding), so that passive sensor performance will be enhanced. The solution will represent a blend of accuracy and efficiency, and the operator will have control over this trade-off. Quick calculations (with loss in accuracy) are required in order to plan over large areas or to consider and choose between many reasonable plans. A layered, iterative approach will be followed so that intermediate solutions can be considered automatically. Physical assumptions and constraints will be relaxed, in an objective controlled way, in order to achieve the correct blend of accuracy and efficiency.

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