ADP: Autonomous Deep Perception

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-13-P-1187
Agency Tracking Number: N13A-016-0047
Amount: $79,955.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: N13A-T016
Solicitation Number: 2013.A
Small Business Information
TX, College Station, TX, 77845-6023
DUNS: 184758308
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Victor Palmer
 Scientist
 (979) 764-2200
 victor.palmer@lynntech.com
Business Contact
 G. Hisaw
Title: Sr. Contracts Administrat
Phone: (979) 764-2218
Email: renee.hisaw@lynntech.com
Research Institution
 Carnegie Mellon University
 Robert Kearns
 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15213-3890
 (412) 268-5837
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Autonomous systems acquire massive amounts of sensor and communications data over the course of their potentially lengthy missions. Ideally, such systems would incorporate current and historical data into their decision making processes to generalize from experience and avoid repetitive errors. However, the sheer quantity of data gathered can make storage and processing of an unfiltered data stream practically difficult. As a result, many current autonomous systems utilize only recent sensor data. In contrast, biological systems quickly summarize highly complex sensory information streams into a lifetime of well-organized memories, which can be quickly accessed to affect current reasoning tasks. Lynntech"s Autonomous Deep Perception (ADP) system will use deep belief neural networks, coupled with life-long learning methods, with the goal of allowing autonomous systems to quickly generate and archive small, salient, and highly-accessible representations of sensor information. Using this transformed, highly relevant view of the incoming data, autonomous systems can identify and focus on mission-relevant input, as well as quickly scan through historical, compactly-represented data archives to apply past experience to current decisions in real time.

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