Swarm/agent Technology For Small Unit Scalable Effects

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-09-C-0173
Agency Tracking Number: A092-036-0095
Amount: $119,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-036
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
Procerus Technologies LC
452 South 950 East, Orem, UT, 84097
DUNS: 142406169
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Blake Barber
 Chief Engineer
 (801) 224-5713
 blakeb@procerusuav.com
Business Contact
 Todd Titensor
Title: CEO
Phone: (801) 224-5713
Email: toddt@procerusuav.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Procerus Technologies, along with its partner Brigham Young University, propose to develop cooperative control technologies to enable multiple small, unmanned air vehicles (SUAVs) to carry out a mission involving search, tracking, imaging, and localization (STIL). The goal is to carry out these activities as a team of SUAVs, enhancing the performance and robustness of the mission execution. During this Phase I SBIR task, the Procerus/BYU team will carry out the following technical tasks: 1) Create a multiple SUAV simulation testbed for algorithm testing and development. 2) Develop probabilistic target motion models that capture target behavior based on situational awareness. 3) Formulate and test a multi-model tracker to estimate target vehicle location. 4) Design and implement a cooperative control architecture that enables multi-SUAV STIL. 5) Develop a search strategy that maximizes the probability of target detection based on a location probability prior. 6) Design and implement a cooperative tracking algorithm that maximizes tracking robustness. 7) Demonstrate the multi-SUAV STIL algorithms in a realistic mission simulation. The Procerus/BYU team will leverage their technical expertise in vision-based control of SUAVs and cooperative control of SUAVs to successfully complete the technical objectives of this proposal.

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