SBIR Phase I: A Search Engine for Antenna Design

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0912968
Agency Tracking Number: 0912968
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: SS
Solicitation Number: NSF 08-548
Small Business Information
X5 Systems, Inc.
140 Meadowbrook Drive, Los Gatos, CA, 95032
DUNS: 826999232
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Derek Linden
 (650) 335-2802
Business Contact
 Derek Linden
Title: PhD
Phone: (650) 335-2802
Research Institution
This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project seeks to demonstrate feasibility of a software tool employing advanced search algorithms applied to antenna design and optimization. Current methods of designing and optimizing antennas by hand are time and labor intensive, address limited complexity, and require significant expertise. Genetic algorithm (GA) optimization has been shown to find effective antenna design solutions that would not ordinarily be found through engineering intuition. If the current effort is successful, the core of a new software tool to demonstrate the feasibility of a highly-automated design approach, where useful antennas can be generated without requiring significant guidance: the user simply enters design requirements (e.g., RF performance, dimensions, cost), and an automated optimization produces one or more compliant designs will be demonstrated. This approach promises to improve the performance and economics of future antenna applications for many industry and government customers.

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