The Automated Control of Complex Tasks in Animals

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-10-C-0039
Agency Tracking Number: 09SB2-0072
Amount: $98,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: SB092-004
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
896 W Minneola Ave, Suite 57, Clermont, FL, 34711
DUNS: 626372622
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Martin Lahart
 (703) 373-0433
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Alessi
Title: CEO
Phone: (407) 310-3440
Research Institution
The aims and opportunities of our Automated Control Enhancement(ACE) modules are enabling of automated training of complex tasks in animals; innovative new remote tele-presence/robot/canine operational teams; and, ultimately, entirely new classes and types of augmented-reality enhanced canines. Initial canine screening, selection, and early-skill acquisition are most efficiently performed within ACE add-on modules fitted to existing portable containers where the target scent detection and other complex tasks are performed within our tightly controlled environment, with tactile, audio, and video cues in addition to conventional obstacles and realistic search conditions. Automated, repetitive, consistent leading and reinforcement of complex tasks along with automated performance measures drastically reduce the human experts’ participation in hours and costs. ACE add-on modules can also be used in field training and, ultimately, operational scenarios. Existing canine realistic training methods can be augmented with ACE modules, enabling seamless progression to operational scenarios. Specifically envisioned are tele-presence and automated control progressions from within portable containers, to in-the-field conditions, to remote control operational scenarios with robots, and, ultimately, animal-wearable ACE-modules. Beyond our initial focus on canine complex tasks and operational enhancements, we envision reuse of our successful innovations for other species of animals, again progressing from portable structure training, tele-presence remote symbiotic partner(s), and, eventually, animal-wearable, augmented-reality symbiotic enhancements.

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