SBIR Phase I: UAS Certification Artifact Formulation Environment

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0912538
Agency Tracking Number: 0912538
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: EL
Solitcitation Number: NSF 08-548
Small Business Information
Duns: 165988937
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Boddy
 (651) 442-4109
Business Contact
 Mark Boddy
Title: PhD
Phone: (651) 442-4109
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I research project will build on previous work in compositional Verification and Validation (V&V) for autonomous vehicles to demonstrate a new capability for establishing safety and reliability arguments satisfying both regulatory and certification requirements. This compositional V&V tool supports complex modular architectures and reconfiguration, and encompasses both discrete and continuous dynamics, permitting the explicit modeling of both control modes (including fault and safing modes), and vehicle dynamics. An explicit model of uncertain outcomes and uncontrollable events will be created and integrated into previous work using semi-Markov decision processes which are a good fit for the requirements of this application. The value proposition of this project is to enable many more Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS) to be granted permission to operate in regulated environments. Commercial feasibility will established through a collaboration with the Safety Security Rescue Research Center, an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC), and its industry partners. The initial target markets for this work will be ground and aerial UAS, to both the providers/manufacturers as a means to reduce costs and development time and users as a means to utilize the UAS to their full mission potential. This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5).

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