Awards

$125K

Self-Directed and Informed Forced-Landing System for UAV Avoidance of On-Ground Persons, Vehicles, and Structures

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: A2.02
Budget: 06/10/16 - 12/10/16
PI: Mr. Nathan D. Richards

During a piloted forced landing in which the aircraft can no longer maintain level flight and is therefore forced to make an emergency off-airport landing, the human pilot continuously reassesses and updates the plan to minimize on-ground and onboard injury and damage. In the case of an unmanned air vehicle, this level of intelligent risk minim...

$125K

An Agile Aerial Sensor System Tailored for In-Situ Cloud Measurements

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: S3.04
Budget: 06/10/16 - 12/10/16
PI: David Neal

Barron Associates is proposing a novel atmospheric sensor platform that fills a gap in current sensing capabilities by providing a low-cost, portable technology that can be used for guided remote sensing applications such as cloud characterization, volcanic plume measurements, and polar atmospheric research. The proposed sensor platform consists...

$750K

Development and Flight Testing of RAIDER: An Automated Upset Recovery System

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: A2.02
Budget: 04/14/16 - 04/13/18
PI: Neha Gandhi

UAS have the potential to offer great economic and operational advantages, but realizing this potential will require greater operational flexibility for UAS in the National Airspace. New technologies that enable beyond visual line of sight operations and that allow one operator to control multiple vehicles will expand the range of missions that ...

$227K

Patient/Resident Mobility Tracker (PREEMPT)

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Department of Health & Human Services
Topic: PA-14-071
Budget: 04/05/16 - 03/31/17
PI: B EUGENE PARKER

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Hospitalization and prolonged immobilization often lead to the functional decline of vulnerable older persons. Bed rest and inactivity have been shown to accelerate the functional changes that are part of normal aging. This link between inactivity and adverse outcomes is increasingly appreciated by medical pr...

$701K

Head-Mounted Vibrotactile Prosthesis for Patients with Chronic Postural Instability

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Department of Health & Human Services
Topic: PA-14-071
Budget: 04/01/16 - 03/31/17
PI: B EUGENE PARKER

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Recent advances in the size and performance of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS)-based inertial instruments enable the development of a novel balance prosthesis to provide feedback via a substitute sensory channel regarding head orientation to patients with chronic balance dysfunction. There is a need fo...

$1.05MM

Adaptive Inverse Control System for Inter-Cylinder Output Balancing

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Army
Topic: A14-077
Budget: 03/01/16 - 02/28/17
PI: Mr. Jason O. Burkholder

SBIR Topic A14-077 highlights a well-known issue that, to some degree, haunts all multi-cylinder internal combustion engines: imbalance in power output between cylinders. The underlying reasons range from geometrical differences that impact the airflow entering each cylinder to manufacturing differences between fuel injectors to an array of agin...

$225K

Strength and BALance (SABAL) Virtual Trainer

Phase 1 STTR

Agency: Department of Health & Human Services
Topic: PA-14-072
Budget: 09/30/15 - 08/31/16
PI: Richard Adams

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Introduction: The Strength and BALance (SABAL) program targets reduction of fall risk in older adults through fun, meaningful, and motivating games that incorporate evidence-based exercises and automatic generation of fall risk metrics. The product, consisting of virtual world-based gaming software and an off...

$79.9K

Intelligent Simulation-based Test Methods for Certification of Advanced Planning Algorithms

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N152-084
Budget: 09/17/15 - 03/16/16
PI: Neha Gandhi

The robustness and operational flexibility of UAS will be significantly enhanced through the integration of autonomous path-planning algorithms that modify system behavior based on changing mission requirements and environmental factors. Many such algorithms have been developed, but the certification of these algorithms typically involves brute-...

$225K

Knee-Biofeedback Rehabilitation Interface for Game-based Home Therapy (KneeBRIGHT)

Phase 1 STTR

Agency: Department of Health & Human Services
Topic: PA-14-072
Budget: 09/01/15 - 08/31/16
PI: Eileen Krepkovich

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The Knee Biofeedback Rehabilitation Interface for Game-based Home Therapy ("KneeBRIGHT") system combines electromyography (EMG) biofeedback with video game therapy (VGT) to provide knee osteoarthritis (OA) patients with an engaging, effective tool for conducting rehabilitation exercises at home. KneeBRIGHT ai...

$225K

Adaptive and Learning Control Applied to Powered Walkers for Disabled Individuals

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Department of Health & Human Services
Topic: PA-14-071
Budget: 09/01/15 - 08/31/16
PI: Dr. John D. Schierman

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Barron Associates, Inc. (BAI) has teamed with the University of Virginia's (UVA's) Motion Analysis and Motor Performance (MAMP) laboratory to propose development of an advanced control and computer learning strategy that will intelligently drive a powered walker for people with neuromuscular walking disabilit...

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