High Throughput Forensic Palynology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-12-C-0107
Agency Tracking Number: A12A-018-0327
Amount: $99,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12a-T018
Solicitation Number: 2012.A
Small Business Information
650 5th Street, Suite 505, San Francisco, CA, -
DUNS: 119301831
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Frank Muennemann
 Sr. System Engineer
 (650) 434-2779
Business Contact
 Andrea Singewald
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (970) 778-2353
Email: a.singewald@saphotonics.com
Research Institution
 UC Davis (Geology Department)
 Ken Verosub
 One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA, 95616-8605
 (530) 752-6911
 Nonprofit college or university
This proposal develops a new system to track the past location of persons and materiel, based on rapid and accurate collection and classification of pollen grains. Plant pollen stands out among naturally occurring geolocation markers for the following reasons: Pollen is abundant and collects on exposed surfaces in all humanly habitable land areas; morphological and spectroscopic properties of pollen differentiate species and express a wealth of genetic information which can be translated into a geographical trail; human subjects are mostly unaware of the information potentially divulged by the dust they carry. The system consists of an advanced sample collection subsystem, an automated microscope and multispectral imager, and software able to identify, classify and geolocate pollen grains found in the sample. Clustering algorithms applied to parameters extracted from multispectral images are used to identify grains of common origin; this raises the reliability of identification significantly relative to classification from a single image. Geolocation of subjects is derived from known distribution of classified pollen types collected from their clothing or other surfaces. The collection and analysis systems are designed for high throughput and portability with no user interaction required. No knowledge of pollen science is required to operate the system.

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