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Company Information:

Name: Barron Associates, Inc.
Address: 1410 Sachem Place
Suite 202
Charlottesville, VA 22901-2496
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
Phone: (434) 973-1215

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $13,141,955.00 139
SBIR Phase II $41,370,243.00 64
STTR Phase I $1,223,005.00 12
STTR Phase II $2,262,989.00 4

Award List:

USE OF POLYNOMIAL NETWORKS TO IMPROVE ON CONTROL EFFICIENCY OF MANEUVERABLE PROJECTILE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Roger l barron
Award Amount: $57,989.00
Abstract:
Execution of optimal guidance and control algorithms in real time with a microprocessor is possible using polynomial networks to store, in compact and almost instantly retrievable form, information about a large number of pre-computed optimum two-point boundary-value (tpbv)solutions. these solutions… More

ABDUCTIVE AND INDUCTIVE REASONING IN MAINTENANCE DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gerard J Montgomery
Award Amount: $57,144.00

ABDUCTIVE AND INDUCTIVE REASONING IN MAINTENANCE DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gerard J Montgomery
Award Amount: $614,000.00
Abstract:
The proposed research is for development of abductive and inductive reasoning algorithms that will aid in the development of flight control system (fcs) maintenance diagnostic systems and that will overcome many of the limitations of existing diagnostic technology. a focus of the effort will be the… More

OPTIMAL ENERGY MANAGEMENT FOR KINETIC ENERGY WEAPONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Roger L Barron
Award Amount: $55,571.00

ADAPTIVE NONLINEAR POLYNOMIAL NETWORKS FOR ROTORCRAFT CABIN NOISE REDUCTION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $49,762.00
Abstract:
To reduce rotorcraft-cabin noise and vibration via active anti-sound techniques this project investigates adaptive, nonlinear, polynomial network-prediction and noise-cancellation algorithms. in recent years, there has been a considerable amount of work on the use of statistica signal-processing… More

ON-LINE ADAPTIVE NETWORKS APPLIED TO AIRCRAFT CONTROL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Roger L Barron
Award Amount: $55,571.00

Active Suppression of Shipborne Noise in Hull-Mounted Sonar Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Gayle Y Barron
Award Amount: $55,028.00
Abstract:
1Hull-mounted sonar sensors are subjected to a number of shipborne noise phenomena due to coupling through their mechanical mounts. Such noise is complex, composed primarily of engine noise, wave induced hull vibrations, and other hydrodynamic pressure-induced noise due to propeller cavitation and… More

Machinery Diagnostics Using Polynomial Neural Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. S. Eugene Parker, Phd
Award Amount: $50,054.00

Machinery Diagnostics Using Polynomial Neural Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. S. Eugene Parker, Phd
Award Amount: $250,000.00
Abstract:
The vibration signatures (mechanical, acoustic, and electromagnetic) produced by machine components may be used for machinery diagnostics. By regularly measuring vibration levels, defects can be detected and diagnosed before causing extensive damage or failure, a process known as predictive… More

Unified Control Concept for Advanced Flight Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Roger L. Barron
Award Amount: $67,355.00
Abstract:
The position control of aircraft is inherently a two-point boundary-value problem, and aircraft rate and attitude control are desirably treated as such. The aircraft maneuvers from an initial state vector at a given initial time to a final state vector at a given or optimiized final time. The final… More

Self Designing Flight Control System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Roger L. Barron
Award Amount: $65,218.00

ON-LINE ADAPTIVE NETWORKS APPLIED TO AIRCRAFT CONTROL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Roger L Barron
Award Amount: $509,052.00
Abstract:
Reconfigurable, flight control systems offer significant improvements in survivability, reliability, and maintainability of military aircraft and in the safety of flight operations of both military and commercial aircraft. however, on-line learning must be included to realize the full potential of… More

Self Designing Flight Control System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Roger L. Barron
Award Amount: $276,297.00
Abstract:
Technical advances made in related topics now point the way for optimum continuous, on-line, real-time, self designing flight control systems. These advances include (1) algorithms using neural networks to enhance on-line parameter estimation and continuous control reconfiguration, (2) analytically… More

Neural Networks for Fast Predictions of Transients in Shipboard Electric Power Distribution Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: B E Parker Jr
Award Amount: $69,968.00
Abstract:
Shipboard electrical casualty faults can produce destructive voltage transients and outages that impair ship capacity for casualty fight through. Recent work on relay algorithms to detect faults and coordinate multiple circuit protection devices (CPDs) has demonstrated high-speed relay algorithms… More

Prognostic Techniques for Mechanical Failure Prediction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: B. Eugene Parker, Jr., Ph
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
State-of-the-art real-time diagnostic systems generally consist of two integrated components: fault detection and fault classification (isolation) systems. Although such systems may be able to recognize failure precursors, they have no mechanism for exploiting diagnostic information for prognostic… More

Internal Fault Detection/Classification System for Permanent Magnet Machines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr B+eugene Parker Jr
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
Due to recent advances in high-performance rare earth magnet materials, permanent magnet (PM) machines are one of the fastest growing electrical machine markets. PM machines provide the excitation field without the significant excitation losses of field-excited machines, nearly eliminate rotor… More

Neural Network Limit Avoidance System for Rotorcraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Roger L. Barron
Award Amount: $69,995.00

Neural Network Limit Avoidance System for Rotorcraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Roger L. Barron
Award Amount: $599,994.00
Abstract:
Rotorcraft limit envelopes are complex and difficult for pilot compliance. Exceedances are unsafe and shorten useful life of the aircraft, while piloting that isn't close to limits cannot fully exploit performance capabilities. Accurate, automatic limit-onset prediction/detection would alert the… More

Reinforcement Learning for Flight Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: David G. Ward
Award Amount: $68,917.00
Abstract:
The control of high-performance aircraft presents a number of challenges including multiple nonlinear subsystems, rapidly changing dynamics, unstable and/or non- minimum-phase modes, and performance criteria that change as a function of mission or pilot preference. As a result, flight control laws… More

Target Discrimination for Subsurface Ordance Characterization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David G Ward
Award Amount: $99,985.00
Abstract:
The Cesium vapor magnotometer and ground-penetrating radar senors currently used to identify subsurface Unexploded Ordnance locations also respond to underground clutter and anomalies. The ultimate objective of this project is to develop a classifier or discriminator that has the potential… More

Statistical Techniques for Simulation Model Validation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: B. Eugene Parker, Jr.
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
Statistically sound approaches to making interfrences regarding simulation model validation, rather than reliance upon subjective appeal, are needed. Fundamentally, the question of interest is whether a model reflects reality to the required degree of accuracy. The utility (and hence validity) of… More

Neural Network Medical Decision Algorithms for Pre-Hospital Injury Severity and Risk Assessment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: B. Eugene Parker, Jr.
Award Amount: $69,897.00

Improved Guidance of Autonomous Munitions and Submunitions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Roger L. Barron
Award Amount: $99,061.00

Neural Network Medical Decision Algorithms for Pre-Hospital Injury Severity and Risk Assessment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: B. Eugene Parker, Jr.
Award Amount: $745,784.00
Abstract:
The central focus of the work proposed herein is the application of neural network estimation and classification methodologies to emergency medical care. On the pre-hospital scene, first-aid workers must, often in a matter of seconds with spare information at hand, make critical decisions… More

Improved Guidance of Autonomous Munitions and Submunitions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Roger L. Barron
Award Amount: $740,740.00
Abstract:
This proposal relates to autonomous guidance of air-to-surface miniaturized munitions and sub-munitions, including (1) a class of I-250 bombs and (2) a class of boosted kinetic energy penetrators. Barron Associates, Inc. proposes to demonstrate the advantages of optimum inverse guidance that… More

Reinforcement Learning for Avionics Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David G. Ward/jeffrey F.
Award Amount: $97,943.00
Abstract:
Simulation-based optimization techniques that enlist reinforcement learning controllers are ideally suited for complex and multi-objective optimization problems that cannot be solved easily using traditional techniques, especially when the stochastic natures or the environment, resources, and… More

Algorithms for Health Care Quality Management and Outcomes Assessment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: B. Eugene Parker
Award Amount: $49,994.00
Abstract:
American health care is in the midst of momentous change. Quality improvement principles are being used increasingly to enhance productivity and efficiency of health care delivery and to help contain costs. In producing patient outcomes and resource utilization measures, it is vital to control… More

Fast Dynamical Simulations Of Power Electronic Circuits

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Edward C. Larson , RESEARCH SCIENTIST
Award Amount: $69,994.00

Saturable Self-Sensing Magnetic Bearings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Edward C. Larson , RESEARCH SCIENTIST
Award Amount: $69,994.00

Neural Networks for Fast Predictions of Transients in Shipboard Electric Power Distribution Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: B E Parker Jr
Award Amount: $597,120.00
Abstract:
Shipboard electrical casualty faults can produce destructive voltage transients and outages that impair ship capacity for casualty fight through. Recent work on relay algorithms to detect faults and coordinate multiple circuit protection devices (CPDs) has demonstrated high-speed relay algorithms… More

Prognostic Techniques for Mechanical Failure Prediction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: B. Eugene Parker, Jr., Ph
Award Amount: $595,546.00
Abstract:
State-of-the-art real-time diagnostic systems generally consist of two integrated components: fault detection and fault classification (isolation) systems. Although such systems may be able to recognize failure precursors, they have no mechanism for exploiting diagnostic information for prognostic… More

Intelligent Reconfigurable Control for Systems with Multiple Effectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: David G. Ward
Award Amount: $69,918.00
Abstract:
Many modern systems rely on multiple innovative actuators and effectors to improve performance, versatility, and survivability. In systems where several actuators or actuator combinations are capable of affecting the behavior of a single controlled varaible, an opportunity exists to … More

Algorithms for Health Care Quality Management and Outcomes Assessment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: B. Eugene Parker
Award Amount: $199,133.00
Abstract:
American health care is in the midst of momentous change. Quality improvement principles are being used increasingly to enhance productivity and efficiency of health care delivery and to help contain costs. In producing patient outcomes and resource utilization measures, it is vital to control… More

Intelligent Supervisory Control Architecture for Health Mon

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Princeton University
Principal Investigator: David G. Ward
Award Amount: $69,440.00
RI Contact: H. Vincent Poor
Abstract:
Autonomous control of uninhabited air vehicles (UAVs) presents a number of challenges, including detecting failures across the entire flight regime/mission envelope, differentiating between behavioral changes due to failures and those due to uncertainties, real-time control law redesign, and… More

Tactile Cueing for PIO Avoidance in Manned and Unmanner Air Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David G. Ward
Award Amount: $99,921.00
Abstract:
Flight test experience shows that for highly-agile controllers, pilots who do not -induced oscillations (PIOs) due to actuator rate limits and other system lags. The problem is further exacerbated in remotely-piloted vehicles where pilots… More

Assessing the Cost Effectiveness of Diagnostic and Prognostic Techniques

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: B Eugene Parker Jr Ph
Award Amount: $99,680.00
Abstract:
Not Available The IR Devices, Modules, and Materials Group at Structured Materials Industries (SMI) proposes the development of high efficiency tandem cells based on antimonide materials for thermophotovoltaic (TPV) applications. The structure of this device will be a dual-junction monolithic… More

Design Assistant and Software Tools for System Identification and Adaptive Fault-Tolerant Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: David Ward
Award Amount: $69,922.00
Abstract:
Not Available In Phase I of the program, we will demonstrate fabrication of IR-transparent, dense, nanocrystalline (< 100 nm) aluminum oxide (Al2O3) discs by microwave sintering of nanopowder compacts. Such a material is a potential replacement for the more expensive sapphire (single crystal Al2O3)… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: David G Ward
Award Amount: $569,162.00

Algorithms and Tools for Automated Maintenance of Simulation Databases

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Ward
Award Amount: $99,931.00

Dynamical Position Estimation in Self-Sensing Magnetic Bearings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Virginia, School of Eng'g
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,953.00
RI Contact: N/A

Globally Stable Design and Analysis Tools for Reconfigurable Systems with Saturating Acuators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David G. Ward, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,957.00

Reinforcement Learning Approaches for Automated Intelligence Gathering

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David G. Ward, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,929.00

Algorithms and Tools for Automated Maintenance of Simulation Databases

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David G. Ward
Award Amount: $720,854.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $99,902.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John D. Schierman, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,937.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: B. Eugene Parker, Jr., Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,925.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David G. Ward, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $0.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David G. Ward, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $581,600.00

Development of an Anti-Jam GPS Demonstration Receiver for JPALS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: David Ward
Award Amount: $375,000.00
Abstract:
Interest in increased flight safety, aircraft survivability, and performance improvements has led to significant advances in the design of adaptive fault tolerant (reconfigurable) control systems. However, there is a substantial gap between the researchand application of these methods. One reason… More

Sensor Data Collection Management Over a Web by Air Force Wright Lab, Rome, NY (AFRL)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: B.Eugene Parker, Jr., Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $729,945.00
Abstract:
The proposed SBIR Phase II effort to develop a Personal Health and Fitness Wizard (PHFW) will, within the first year, year a fully functional Internet-based site the provides individual users with easily accessible, tailored guidance concerning theirpersonal health and fitness. The PHFW will to… More

Reconfigurable Guidance for Energy Management of Hypersonic Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John D. Schierman, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,215.00
Abstract:
The flight envelope for X-34 ranges from subsonic to hypersonic with altitudes up to 50 miles. Designing a guidance law that performs across this broad flight envelope presents several challenges. Robustness to uncertain aerodynamics is of paramount importance because of the sparse amount of wind… More

Development of New Processes for the Refurbishment of Infrared Search and Track (IRST) Germanium (Ge) domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: B.Eugene Parker, Jr., Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,876.00
Abstract:
It is known that hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) exposure causes seizures in animals and humans, although the mechanism by which this occurs is still incompletely understood. Oxygen toxicity is a concern, for example, in certain types of military divingoperations, as well in treating patients in clinical… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $99,981.00
Abstract:
A method is needed by which to identify elderly persons who fall frequently. There are presently no tools to objectively record fall frequency and severity in the home or nursing care environments. A device that could (at a minimum) be used to count fall frequency and record the times of fall events… More

A Low-Cost, High-Performance Physical Activity Monitor (PAM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: ED
Principal Investigator: Eugene Parker
Award Amount: $0.00

A Low-Cost, High-Performance Physical Activity Monitor (PAM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: ED
Principal Investigator: Eugene Parker
Award Amount: $299,899.00

Adaptive Guidance System for Hypersonic Vehicles with Reconfigurable Inner-Loop Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Schierman, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Reconfiguration for reusable launch vehicles (RLVs) presents a number of unique challenges not addressed in prior fixed-wing reconfigurable controls work, including the need to adapt trajectory profiles quickly to achieve revised mission objectives safely.Barron Associates, Inc. (BAI) has teamed… More

Adaptive Guidance System for Hypersonic Vehicles with Reconfigurable Inner-Loop Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Schierman, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $742,514.00
Abstract:
Reconfiguration for reusable launch vehicles (RLVs) presents a number of unique challenges not addressed in prior fixed-wing reconfigurable controls work, including the need to adapt trajectory profiles quickly to achieve revised mission objectives safely.Barron Associates, Inc. (BAI) has teamed… More

A Device for Quantifying Spasticity

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $99,513.00
Abstract:
Development and demonstration of a non-invasive and clinically practical device for quantifying resistance to passive motion in patients with muscle spasticity is proposed herein. Spasticity is a disabling consequence of disease or injury to the central nervous system and/or muscle, such as… More

Reconfigurable Guidance for Reusable Launch Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John D. Schierman, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
The flight envelope for X-34 ranges from subsonic to hypersonic with altitudes up to 50 miles. Designing a guidance law that performs across this broad flight envelope presents several challenges. Robustness to uncertain aerodynamics is of paramount importance because of the sparse amount of wind… More

Reconfigurable Guidance for Reusable Launch Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John D. Schierman, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $530,032.00
Abstract:
The flight envelope for X-34 ranges from subsonic to hypersonic with altitudes up to 50 miles. Designing a guidance law that performs across this broad flight envelope presents several challenges. Robustness to uncertain aerodynamics is of paramount importance because of the sparse amount of wind… More

Integrated Guidance, Control, and Estimation for Hit-To-Kill Interceptors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Mamu Sharma, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,665.00
Abstract:
Barron Associates, Inc. (BAI) proposes an aggressive Phase I effort to develop novel adaptive, integrated guidance, control, and estimation algorithms for ballistic-missile interceptors with stringent hit-to-kill requirements. The approach combines recentadvances in nonlinear control (backstepping)… More

Permanent Magnet Motor Steering Gear for DDG 51 FLT IIA

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,911.00
Abstract:
Permanent Magnet Motor (PMM) technology, already used in demanding applications by the U.S. Navy and by the oil drilling industry, may be expanded to replace electro-hydraulic steering gear on DDG 51 class ships. PMM steering can potentially provide suchbenefits as improved dynamic performance,… More

A Low-Cost Fall Monitor for Geriatric Subjects

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $750,222.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Falls are a leading cause of disability and even death in the elderly. A method is needed by which to identify elderly persons who frequently experience falls or near falls (e.g., slips, stumbles, etc.). There are presently no tools to objectively record such… More

Computer Imaging to Diminish Alopecia Distress

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $99,973.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by investigator): The goal of the research proposed herein is to develop a low-cost, user-friendly, computer-based imaging system for use by women to reduce anxiety and distress relating to alopecia (hair loss) prior to or following chemotherapy. It has been reported that 47%… More

Fast Protection of Shipboard Electrical Power Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Principal Investigator: B. Eugene Parker, Jr., Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,982.00
RI Contact: R. Steven Etheredge
Abstract:
The objective of the work proposed herein is to develop and demonstrate an approach for the fast protection of shipboard electrical power systems based on a novel high-speed relay (HSR) algorithm. The algorithm quickly and correctly detects and isolatesfaults, long before current levels reach… More

A Wireless EMG Data Collection and Analysis System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Development and demonstration of a wireless system for measuring and recording surface myoelectric (EMG) activity is proposed herein. The system will use low-profile, low-power, Remote Sensor Units (RSUs) worn by the subject to pre-process, digitize, temporarily… More

A Wireless EMG Data Collection and Analysis System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Development and demonstration of a wireless system for measuring and recording surface myoelectric (EMG) activity is proposed herein. The system will use low-profile, low-power, Remote Sensor Units (RSUs) worn by the subject to pre-process, digitize, temporarily… More

A Low-Cost Fall Monitor for Geriatric Subjects

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Falls are a leading cause of disability and even death in the elderly. A method is needed by which to identify elderly persons who frequently experience falls or near falls (e.g., slips, stumbles, etc.). There are presently no tools to objectively record such… More

Advance Failure Warning via Data Driven Stochastic Models

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: PRINCETON UNIV.
Principal Investigator: B. Eugene Parker, Jr., Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,998.00
RI Contact: Michelle D. Christy
Abstract:
The ideal prognostic system would be generic, requiring no domain-specific knowledge for its application. The prognostic system must also perform across all operating regimes without generating an excessive number of false alarms, and must successfullydiagnose problems. The semi-empirical technique… More

Predicting the Cognitive Performance of Individuals and Teams

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker,, Sr. Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,927.00
Abstract:
The objectives of this SBIR Phase I research program are to design and implement an unobtrusive methodology that can be used to rapidly and easily predict individual and team cognitive readiness to perform critical missions. The methodology proposedherein provides a rich decisional framework for… More

Gait Kinematic Parameter Measurement and Analysis System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $99,990.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Recent research has demonstrated the utility of spatio-temporal gait measures in augmenting the prospective evaluation of fall risk in the elderly. Although significant gains in fall risk evaluation in clinical and community-dwelling settings appears to be… More

Idiosyncratic Computer Signatures used for Software Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Carl R. Elks, Research Scientsit
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
The Software Protection Initiative (SPI) calls for an ability to

Fast Protection of Shipboard Electrical Power Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of South Carolina
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $497,276.00
RI Contact: R. S. Etheredge
Abstract:
Barron Associates' original high-speed relay (HSR) algorithm is currently in service in two power system fault detection and isolation products. These products are used in low-voltage, ungrounded systems with radial architectures. This STTR research program will result in three primary enabling… More

Computer Imaging to Diminish Alopecia Distress

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $750,198.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The goal of the research proposed herein is to develop a low-cost, user-friendly, computer-based imaging system for use by women to reduce anxiety and distress relating to alopecia (hair loss) prior to or following chemotherapy. It has been reported that 47… More

Nonlinear Adaptive Actuation of Synthetic Jet Arrays for Aerodynamic Flow Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Virginia
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,927.00
RI Contact: Gerald J. Kane
Abstract:
Active flow control using synthetic jet actuators has been the subject of significant research in recent years due to its immense potential to expand the operating regimes of traditional aircraft and enable unconventional designs driven by nonaerodynamic operational considerations. Barron… More

Run-time Verification and Validation for Safety-Critical Flight Control Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Carl R. Elks, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,868.00
Abstract:
As the complexity of flight controllers grows so does the cost associated with verification and validation (V&V). Current-generation controllers are already reaching a level of complexity that pushes the envelopes of existing V&V approaches, and there is little hope for affordable V&V of… More

On-Line Trajectory Retargeting for Alternate Landing Sites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Schierman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,961.00
Abstract:
Barron Associates, Inc. proposes to develop a novel on-line trajectory optimization approach for Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLVs) under failure scenarios, targeting alternative abort-landing sites. Key features of the proposed approach are: An innovative on-line optimization approach: By describing… More

Analytical and Simulation Framework for Performance Validation of Complex Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Alec Bateman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,984.00
Abstract:
To remain competitive, the US aerospace industry must continually improve system performance (e.g. increased adaptation and autonomy), enhance safety (e.g., fault tolerant systems), and reduce costs. These improvements demand avionics software that is orders of magnitude more complex than that used… More

An Adaptive Haptic Interface for Disabled Individuals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: ED
Principal Investigator: Olowin B.
Award Amount: $74,955.00
Abstract:
Barron Associates, Inc. (BAI) proposes to develop an affordable assistive technology in the form of a motorized joystick with position sensors and associated software that will permit the remediably disabled to operate computers, household appliances, machinery, powered wheelchairs, and other… More

Reconfigurable Electrical Power System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of South Carolina
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,851.00
RI Contact: Patricia Hatcher
Abstract:
Under this STTR Phase I program, we propose to develop and demonstrate dual-use Reconfigurable Electrical Power System (REPS) technology that will provide the intelligence and capability to automatically and dynamically reconfigure naval and commercial marine shipboard power systems (SPSs) while… More

Idiosyncratic Computer Signatures used for Software Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Carl Elks, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $375,000.00
Abstract:
The Software Protection Initiative (SPI) calls for an ability to "lock-down or authenticate" a particular application executable to a specific computing platform. Current practices to achieve this capability include (1) electronic licensing protocols, (2) hardware dongles, (3) disk volume IDs and,… More

An Assistive Device for Balance Disorders

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $99,481.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Recent advances in the size and performance of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS)-based inertial instruments enable the development of a prosthesis to provide information about head motion to vestibulopathic patients. One class of candidate users is… More

A Handheld Device for Pain Assessment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $99,434.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The proposed research involves the development of an efficient, portable, personal digital assistant (PDA) to assist physicians and other medical personnel assess pain. Item response theory (IRT) and computerized adaptive testing (CAT) are the core… More

A new Device for Dietary Assessment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $99,942.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Instruments to assess food intake and dietary habits are used in a variety of research settings. Examples of such instruments include: (1) food frequency questionnaires, in which individuals are asked to report their normal intake frequency for specific foods… More

Remote Thermal Imaging for Reliable Deception Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker, Sr. Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,829.00
Abstract:
Thermal imaging of the face and head for the purpose of deception detection has shown significant promise in recent studies. This technique could be used to enhance polygraph examinations and, because it is noninvasive, could also potentially be used for mass screening at critical security… More

An Integrated Control and Diagnostic System for Marine Diesel Engines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,898.00
Abstract:
A primary obstacle that must be overcome in order for unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to be able to provide valuable service to the fleet is the need for maintenance personnel onboard the vessel. Failure of a single key component that could easily be replaced or repaired on a manned vessel could… More

Model-Based Adaptation for Performance Assured Control of a High-Speed Supercavitating Torpedo

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey F. Monaco, Sr. Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,907.00
Abstract:
Supercavitation is a state in which a gas cavity substantially encompasses a body immersed in a liquid. The consequence for underwater bodies is that drag over the non-wetted surface is drastically reduced, and this can be exploited to develop rapid reaction defensive weapons for submarines. In… More

Innovative Methods for Optimally Mixing a Diverse Suite of Control Effectors for Marine Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Alec J. Bateman, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,137.00
Abstract:
As the Navy expands its presence in shallow coastal waters, new technologies are required to address the precise and aggressive maneuvering desirable for many littoral mission scenarios. This translates directly to higher performance requirements for a ship's guidance, navigation, and control… More

A Handheld Personal Health and Fitness Wizard

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $99,993.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The combined adverse health effects of obesity, physical inactivity, and poor diet are well established and are thought to be associated with at least 20 different diseases and health disorders. Furthermore it has been estimated that obesity, sedentary lifestyle,… More

Tracking Head Motion and Orientation in VOR Testing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $99,446.00
Abstract:
The oculomotor response to angular head movement, or the angular vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR), is a measure of the accuracy of communication between the inner ear and the eyes that has been demonstrated for head rotation in yaw, pitch, and roll. Current "high-frequency" VOR testing methods are… More

Run-time Verification and Validation for Safety-Critical Flight Control Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David G. Ward, Sr. Research Scientist
Award Amount: $743,268.00
Abstract:
As the complexity of flight controllers grows, so does the cost associated with verification and validation (V&V). Current-generation controllers are already reaching a level of complexity that pushes the envelopes of existing V&V approaches, with little hope for affordable V&V of next-generation… More

Analytical and Simulation Framework for Performance Validation of Complex Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Alec J. Bateman
Award Amount: $599,858.00
Abstract:
Next-generation aerospace systems will require increased autonomy to modify system behavior based on changing mission requirements, environmental factors, and system performance. For example, intelligent systems have been employed to improve safety by adaptively compensating for unexpected failures… More

Gait Kinematic Parameter Measurement and Analysis System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Aaron B. Olowin
Award Amount: $744,961.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): An easy to use, low-cost system is needed for measuring and assessing gait kinematic parameters for purposes of screening for fall risk in clinical settings (e.g., physician's offices) and senior-care facilities, as well as for use by researchers. Such a system… More

An Integrated Diagnostic and Maintenance System for Marine Diesel Engines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Sr. Research Scientist
Award Amount: $449,249.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Navy is currently developing Unmanned Sea Surface Vehicles (USSVs) that could potentially perform vital functions, such as fleet security and mine reconnaissance. A primary obstacle that must be overcome in order for USSVs to provide valuable service to the fleet is the lack of maintenance… More

Innovative Methods for Optimally Mixing a Diverse Suite of Control Effectors for Marine Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Alec J. Bateman, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $598,598.00
Abstract:
The control of modern underwater vehicles presents a number of challenges, including significant nonlinearities in the vehicle dynamics and a potentially large suite of control effectors with widely differing properties. Current generation control architectures for submarines are often… More

A Hardware Demonstration of Control Methods and Devices for a High-Speed Supercavitating Torpedo

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Monaco, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $219,147.00
Abstract:
A high-speed supercavitating torpedo is an advanced weapons concept under consideration by the US Navy. Supercavitation is a state in which a gas cavity substantially encompasses a body immersed in a liquid, and the consequence for underwater bodies is a marked drag reduction over the non-wetted… More

A Dynamic Diagnostic and Prognostic System for the Joint Strike Fighter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Sr. Research Scientist
Award Amount: $79,024.00
Abstract:
The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is the Department of Defense's next generation strike aircraft, featuring advanced airframe, logistics, avionics, propulsion, stealth, and firepower systems. With a focus on cost reduction, the JSF Program is being developed with integrated Prognostics and Health… More

Scalable System Approaches to Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Upset Prevention and Recovery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey F. Monaco, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $79,048.00
Abstract:
Wind shear, icing, wake vortices from ship superstructures or other aircraft, actuator malfunctions, or component failures can all contribute to upset conditions. For piloted aircraft, prevention of or recovery from these events is challenging because of the nonlinear dynamics encountered at angles… More

Autonomous Sensor Health Monitoring for Modern Shipboard Control Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Sr. Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,933.00
Abstract:
Next generation U.S. Navy shipboard control systems are being designed to provide much higher levels of machinery automation than their predecessors. The U.S. Navy is investing in these sophisticated systems with expectations of improved system performance and reliability. Moreover, reductions in… More

An Advanced Modeling, Monitoring, and Predicting System for the Joint Strike Fighter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $79,958.00
Abstract:
Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is envisioned as a comprehensive system for detecting and isolating failures, recommending condition-based maintenance (CBM), and estimating the remaining useful life (RUL) of critical components. Barron Associates, Inc.… More

Automated Swimmer Recongition Algorithms for the HarborGuard Intrusion Detection System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,726.00
Abstract:
The remote identification of surfaced swimmers in a harbor environment is a critical requirement for a comprehensive waterside security system. This requirement can be clearly divided into detection and classification objectives. Detection in this context means identifying the presence of a target… More

Health-Related Quality of Life Tracking for Post-Battle Wellness Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Aaron B. Olowin, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $98,814.00
Abstract:
There is a recognized need to monitor the medical condition (i.e., physical and mental health) of soldiers and veterans recovering from battle-related injuries to detect problems with their recuperation. In particular, a low-cost, noninvasive "trip-wire" system is required that functions as a… More

Trauma Data Collection and Mining to Enhance Combat Triage Decisions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Todd A. Summers, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,995.00
Abstract:
The fundamental objective of the research effort proposed herein is to provide guidance to combat medics in making field treatment and triage decisions. Combat medics must prioritize patients according to the need for: (1) immediate medical intervention, and/or (2) immediate evacuation and surgical… More

Sub-space Hopped Orthogonal Communication (SHOC)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Todd A. Summers, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $98,991.00
Abstract:
DARPA wishes to develop an orthogonal communication system that is impervious to interference. This system must provide covert communication capabilities for tactical environments in the L and S bands. To this end, Barron Associates, Inc. (BAI) proposes to investigate Sub-Space Hopped Orthogonal… More

Telecare Home Monitor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $99,972.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Barren Associates, Inc. proposes to develop the Telecare (TLC) home monitor, a system targeted for use by physicians and home service providers that care for elderly individuals. The TLC monitor will track the frequency of occurrence of fall and near-fall… More

A Physical Activity and Physiological Monitoring System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $99,324.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Noninvasive and unobtrusive instrumentation is needed to monitor individuals in clinical and natural settings for such purposes as monitoring for medication side effects, monitoring post-operative and chronic patients, and for diagnosing and treating various… More

Intelligent Control for Morphing Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey F. Monaco, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,679.00
Abstract:
A morphing aircraft tailors its configuration to optimize performance at very dissimilar flight conditions. To lay the foundation for a truly multi-role aircraft, research efforts are currently focusing on technologies that enable substantial changes to the wing configuration, including 200 percent… More

Real Time Monitoring and Test Vector Generation for Improved Flight Safety

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Alec J. Bateman
Award Amount: $69,916.00
Abstract:
As the complexity of flight controllers grows so does the cost associated with verification and validation (V&V). Current-generation controllers are reaching a level of complexity that pushes the envelopes of existing V&V approaches, and without improved approaches there is little hope for… More

An Autonomous Health Monitoring System for Hybrid Propulsion Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Sr. Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,978.00
Abstract:
Barron Associates, Inc. (BAI) and its subcontractor, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), propose to develop an autonomous health monitoring system capable of diagnosing system failures and predicting the remaining life of hybrid propulsion vehicle systems. The research and development effort will… More

Adaptive Control of Synthetic Jet Arrays with Unknown Nonlinearities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF WYOMING
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Sr. Research Scientist
Award Amount: $746,468.00
RI Contact: Roger Wilmot
Abstract:
Active flow control using synthetic jet actuators has been the subject of significant research in recent years. Modulated input signals to achieve flow control objectives have been shown to be highly nonlinear and complex. Developing a comprehensive, wind tunnel-validated model of synthetic jet… More

Real Time Monitoring and Test Vector Generation for Improved Flight Safety

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Alec Bateman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,738.00
Abstract:
As the complexity of flight controllers grows so does the cost associated with verification and validation (V&V). Current-generation controllers are reaching levels of complexity that push the envelopes of existing V&V approaches, and further increases in controller complexity are required to… More

Intelligent Control for Morphing Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey F. Monaco, Sr. Research Scientist
Award Amount: $749,865.00
Abstract:
Morphing air vehicles constitute an emerging class of aircraft capable of substantial changes in geometry during flight enabling improved performance characteristics and smaller fleets of versatile vehicles. The proposed effort will develop advanced control technologies for morphing aircraft that… More

Development of an Anti-Tamper Operational Environment Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Alec J. Bateman, Sr. Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,175.00
Abstract:
"Black-box" attacks have the potential to significantly diminish the technological advantage of the U.S. military while requiring relatively modest resources on the part of an adversary. The "black-box" attack is an attempt to understand the functionality of a system from an input-output… More

SHARP Enhancements for Expanded FORCEnet Interoperability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Todd A. Summers, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $79,785.00
Abstract:
The Shared Reconnaissance Pod (SHARP) provides the U.S. Navy with the latest digital tactical reconnaissance capability. The SHARP can be mounted on multiple airborne platforms and utilizes an electro-optical/infrared sensor system to provide high resolution imagery in support of time sensitive… More

TELEpHOne Monitor for the Elderly (TELEHOME)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Aaron B. Olowin
Award Amount: $124,873.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Project Summary/Abstract Barron Associates, Inc. proposes to develop a Telephone Monitor for the Elderly (TELEHOME), a low-profile, waist-worn, wireless personal monitor with built-in speakerphone. Functions provided by the TELEHOME system include: (1)… More

An Integrated Ground-Based and Onboard Adaptive Path Generation Tool for Rapid Mission Planning and Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John D. Schierman, Senior Research Scientsit
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
Barron Associates and Dr. Ping Lu of Iowa State University propose to develop adaptive guidance and trajectory generation algorithms covering ascent, entry, and terminal flight phases for next generation space vehicles. These algorithms will be developed for both onboard implementation and for a… More

Active Flow Control with Adaptive Design Techniques for Improved Aircraft Safety

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Virginia
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,823.00
RI Contact: Gerald J. Kane
Abstract:
The increased aircraft safety potential of active flow control using synthetic jets - specifically, using synthetic jets on the leading edge of the wing to delay flow separation - is of critical importance. Delaying flow separation could allow an aircraft to recover from adverse conditions that… More

Innovative Rotorcraft Control for Shipboard Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John D. Schierman, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $79,942.00
Abstract:
An adaptive flight control concept is proposed to better compensate for disturbances on the rotorcraft due to ship airwake effects and the moving ship deck during helicopter or tiltrotor shipboard operations. The flight controller could ultimately be used on a fully autonomous system or in a… More

Tools for Analyzing Flutter in the Presence of Aeroelastic Uncertainty

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Alec J. Bateman, Sr. Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,981.00
Abstract:
Because flutter can lead to catastrophic failure of the aircraft structure, reliable prediction of the aeroelastic behavior of the aircraft is vitally important to provide information about the boundaries of the flight envelope outside which the aircraft is susceptible to flutter. In spite of major… More

Strategies for Intercepting Multiple Missiles Exercising Evasive Maneuvers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John D. Schierman, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,874.00
Abstract:
A simulation tool will be developed to study multiple pursuit/evasion problems. The approach will be hier-archical, with a central command element that communicates with sensor components to process surveil-lance modes, implement target tracking, direct interceptor assignments, and command launch… More

Omni-Directional Capability for Expanded SHARP Field-of-View

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Todd A. Summers, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $79,843.00
Abstract:
The Shared Reconnaissance Pod (SHARP) provides the U.S. Navy with the latest digital tactical reconnaissance capability. NAVAIR wishes to make SHARP data available to a larger number of surface terminals, thus expanding the SHARP Close Air Support mission capability. Coupled with concurrent… More

Novel Actuation and Control for Unmanned Underwater Riverine Craft (UURC) Shallow-Water Behavior

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Nathan D. Richards, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $98,774.00
Abstract:
Military operations in littoral and riverine environments are increasingly important, and unmanned underwater riverine craft (UURC) are likely to play a key role in such operations providing surveillance, delivering payloads (including human divers), etc. Operation in the riverine environment,… More

Real-Time Adaptive Algorithms for Flight Control Diagnostics and Prognostics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,376.00
Abstract:
Model-based machinery diagnostic and prognostic techniques depend upon high-quality mathematical models of the plant. Modeling uncertainties and errors decrease system sensitivity to faults and decrease the accuracy of failure prognoses. However, the behavior of many physical systems changes… More

Assessing the Functional Impact of Chronic Pain

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $149,127.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The overall goal of the proposed RandD program is to develop and demonstrate a new approach for objectively measuring the functional impact of pain, and changes thereto, during the course of a patient's treatment. The a pproach is intended to be a supplement to… More

Early Identification of Developmental Disorders in Infants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Due to improvements in obstetrical and neonatal care, and an associated decrease in perinatal mortality, as well as increased risks associated with in vitro fertilization procedures, the number of preterm (lt 37 weeks p ostmenstrual age) very low birth weight (lt… More

Hardware Demonstration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Upset Recovery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: David G. Ward, Sr. Program Manager
Award Amount: $749,983.00
Abstract:
For manned aircraft, loss of control during flight is a major cause for aviation accidents; for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the dangers associated with upset recovery are greater due to (a) the increased likelihood that a smaller aircraft will experience an upset in the first place, and (b) the… More

Automated Swimmer Recongition Algorithms for the HarborGuard Intrusion Detection System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Sr. Research Scinetist
Award Amount: $599,942.00
Abstract:
The remote identification of surfaced swimmers in a harbor environment is a critical requirement for a comprehensive waterside security system. This requirement can be clearly divided into detection and classification objectives. Detection in this context means identifying the presence of a target… More

SHARP Enhancements for Expanded FORCEnet Interoperability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Todd A. Summers, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $748,436.00
Abstract:
Under this SBIR effort, NAVAIR wishes to "maximize the effective use of TAC RECCE imagery data for use in multi-sensor fusion and target cuing" by supplementing the legacy SHARP system with a FORCEnet-compatible communication capability. The expanded FORCEnet functionality will greatly increase the… More

Damage Adaptation Using Integrated Structural, Propulsion, and Aerodynamic Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David G. Ward, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
The proposed SBIR Phase I plan of research seeks to develop and demonstrate an integrated architecture designed to compensate for combined propulsion, airframe, effector, and structural damage caused by catastrophic system failure or an intentionally hostile act. Whereas prior damage-adaptive… More

Rapid Mission Planning Using Integrated Adaptive Guidance and Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John D. Schierman, Sr. Research Scientist
Award Amount: $749,935.00
Abstract:
A prototype Rapid Mission Planning and Operations software tool is being developed in the Phase I ef-fort. It is proposed here to continue this effort, greatly maturing the software tool and establishing its benefits in a real-world, high-fidelity mission planning demonstration. We refer to this… More

A Handheld Device for Pain Assessment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $745,105.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The overall goal of this multi-phase SBIR research effort is to create a PDA-based instrument for the comprehensive assessment of chronic pain (i.e., the location, quality, intensity, distress, interference, and beliefs dimensions) that offers improved accuracy… More

An Auto-Adaptive Interface for Neuromuscular Disabilities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Aaron B. Olowin
Award Amount: $99,352.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The proposed research involves the development of assistive technology that is based upon a force-feedback joystick. The Barron Associates Joystick Appliance (BAJA) is targeted at individuals with neuromuscular problem s in their arms and/or hands and will… More

Platform Independent Omni-directional Antennas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Todd Summers, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $98,936.00
Abstract:
Increasingly, enemy forces employ technologies that either depend on RF communications or produce detectable RF signatures. Thus, there are many types of RF signals and signatures that can be detected over a variety of different frequency bands and environments by RF sensors. When received, this… More

Advanced Modeling and Control for Aeroservoelastic Design

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Principal Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,959.00
Abstract:
It is well-understood that actuator nonlinearities, such as free-play, can induce limit cycle oscillations (LCO) in otherwise stable closed-loop systems. In flight control systems, free-play specifications are often set conservatively in order to preclude free-play-induced LCO. However,… More

Propagation of Uncertainty in Anticipatory Image Exploitation Using Polynomial Chaos Random Process Representations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael DeVore, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,947.00
Abstract:
The ability to accurately anticipate target behavior on the basis of surveillance data is critical in many military and civilian contexts. Information regarding target behavior may be drawn from a variety of sources, each of which suffers from uncertainties in the form of noise, inaccuracies, and… More

A Retrofittable Fuel Usage Monitor and Economizer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,698.00
Abstract:
Vehicle fuel efficiency is a complex function of many variables, including vehicle condition, vehicle loading, engine condition, terrain, fuel type, and driving style. High fuel costs increase the need to optimize fuel efficiency with respect to as many variables as possible. An affordable,… More

A Verification and Validation Tool for Diagnostic Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Alec J. Bateman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Advanced diagnostic systems have the potential to improve safety, increase availability, and reduce maintenance costs in aerospace vehicle and a variety of other mechanical system. Numerous recent research efforts have produced a variety of diagnostic algorithms that show significant promise, but… More

Active Flow Control with Adaptive Design Techniques for Improved Aircraft Safety

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Virginia
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,857.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
The overall objective of this STTR effort is to evaluate and demonstrate the potential for well-designed, strategically-located synthetic jet actuators to provide improved aircraft safety by: (1) delaying wing stall and improving aircraft controllability at high angles of attack and (2) providing… More

Damage Adaptation Using Integrated Structural, Propulsion, and Aerodynamic Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David G. Ward, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,982.00
Abstract:
Over the past decade, researchers have been making great strides in the development of algorithms that detect and compensate for damaged aircraft. Before these algorithms can be used in civil aviation, progress is needed to (a) ensure that these innovative and frequently non-deterministic… More

Automated Updates of Tiltrotor Simulations Using Experimental Data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: David G. Ward, Senior Technical Director
Award Amount: $149,867.00
Abstract:
Aircraft research, development, and testing programs require high-fidelity simulations and aerodynamic models. However, once flight testing begins the process of updating the simulation to match flight-test results is often ad hoc, labor intensive, and costly. Recent research has been investigating… More

Autonomous Collision Avoidance and Separation Assurance for Small UAVs Operating in the National Airspace System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Matthew Lichter, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,837.00
Abstract:
Unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) are presently restricted from operating within the vast National Airspace System (NAS) covering most of North America. The proposed effort seeks to develop FAA-certifiable collision avoidance and separation assurance algorithms that guarantee safe interoperation of… More

Real-Time Adaptive Algorithms for Flight Control Diagnostics and Prognostics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,926.00
Abstract:
The overall objective of this research program is to improve the affordability, survivability, and service life of next generation aircraft through the use of ADAPT --- an integrated adaptive diagnostic and prognostic toolbox. The specific focus of the research effort is adaptive diagnostic and… More

Improved Mini Ku-Band Antenna for TDL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Todd A. Summers, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,870.00
Abstract:
TCDL systems provide forward-deployed ground and airborne platforms with high-rate communication capabilities, supporting vital tactical data links. Currently, omni-directional TCDL antennas employed on airborne platforms maintain link closure for level flight, but struggle to maintain the link… More

Statistical Algorithms for Assessing the Efficacy of Community-Generated Educational Games

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Matthew D. Lichter, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $98,921.00
Abstract:
The strength of the United States military is highly dependent upon the continued superiority of intellectual resources and technology in the battle arena. Emerging trends indicate that fewer students are pursuing education in the sciences and technology. In an effort to reverse this trend,… More

Secure, Fault-Tolerance in Xen for Partitioned, Mixed-Criticality Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: John D. Schierman, Sr. Research Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
There is a need for a computing infrastructure that supports the power, weight, security, and certification requirements of the growing UAV community. To address this need, Barron Associates will develop a fault-tolerant platform, suitable for eventual certification, providing security and… More

An Auto-Adaptive Interface for Neuromuscular Disabilities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Aaron B. Olowin
Award Amount: $747,808.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The proposed research involves the development of assistive technology that is based upon a force-feedback joystick. The Barron Associates Joystick Appliance (BAJA) is targeted at individuals with neuromuscular problem s in their arms and/or hands and will… More

Tools for Analyzing Flutter in the Presence of Aeroelastic Uncertainty

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Alec J. Bateman, Sr. Research Scientist
Award Amount: $599,999.00
Abstract:
The potentially catastrophic results of entering the flutter regime mean that flutter flight testing of aircraft carries significant risk, and accurate predictions of flutter behavior are highly valuable. Recent advances have yielded aeroelastic models that are quite accurate, but these models are… More

Omni-Directional Capability for Expanded SHARP Field-of-View

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Todd A. Summers, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The Shared Reconnaissance Pod (SHARP) provides the U.S. Navy with the latest digital tactical reconnaissance capability. NAVAIR wishes to make SHARP data available to a larger number of surface terminals, thus expanding the SHARP Close Air Support mission capability. Coupled with concurrent… More

Innovative Rotorcraft Control for Shipboard Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John D. Schierman, Principal Research Scient
Award Amount: $248,932.00
Abstract:
A prototype adaptive flight control concept was developed in Phase I which better compensates for dis-turbances on the rotorcraft due to ship airwake effects and the moving ship deck during helicopter or tiltrotor shipboard operations. It is proposed to further mature the algorithms associated with… More

A Wireless Small Animal Monitor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $149,979.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The proposed research program focuses on the development of a wireless Small Animal Physiological Monitor (SAM). The SAM system will provide the capability to monitor up to 32 laboratory animals (initially rats and mice ) simultaneously, with continuous… More

Bayesian Fall Risk Assessment Instrument

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $134,367.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The overall goal of this multi-phase SBIR research effort is to develop a handheld fall risk assessment instrument for use by health and elder care providers. Falls occur in up to 30% of those over the age of 65 and up to 40% for people over the age of 80. Falls… More

Validation Tools and Methods for Diagnostic Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Alec J. Bateman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,988.00
Abstract:
The potential benefits of advanced algorithms for diagnostics and prognostics, inner-loop control, and other flight critical systems have been demonstrated in a number of research efforts. Because many of the new algorithms differ significantly from the approaches used in most operational vehicles,… More

Robust Switching Control for Hypersonic Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Alec J. Bateman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,879.00
Abstract:
Flight in the hypersonic regime is critical to NASA's goals because access to earth orbit and re-entry from orbit to earth or to other planets with atmospheres require flight through this regime. Hypersonic flight poses a wide array of difficulties, including significant guidance and control… More

Advanced Modeling and Control for Aeroservoelastic Design

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Prinicpal Research Scient
Award Amount: $749,878.00
Abstract:
It is well-understood that actuator nonlinearities, such as free-play, can induce limit cycle oscillations (LCO) in otherwise stable closed-loop systems. In flight control systems, free-play specifications are set conservatively in order to preclude free-play-induced LCO. However, conservative… More

Innovative Methods for Modeling and Simulation of Tiltrotor Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David Ward, Senior Technical Director – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $749,947.00
Abstract:
Aircraft research, development, and testing programs require high-fidelity simulations and aerodynamic models. However, once flight testing begins the process of updating the simulation to match flight-test results is often ad hoc, labor intensive, and costly. Recent research is investigating… More

Propagation of Uncertainty in Anticipatory Image Exploitation Using Polynomial Chaos Random Process Representations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael DeVore, Sr. Research Scientist
Award Amount: $749,913.00
Abstract:
The ability to accurately anticipate target behavior on the basis of surveillance data is critical in many military and civilian contexts. Information regarding target behavior may be drawn from a variety of sources, each of which suffers from uncertainties in the form of noise, inaccuracies, and… More

Rugged Synthetic Jet Actuators for Pracital Flight Control Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Principal Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
Many roadblocks exist to bringing promising synthetic jet actuator flow control technology to fruition in a military application, including environmental sensitivity, scalability to a full-size aircraft, narrow dynamic range, and variability of performance between nominally identical actuators due… More

Head-Mounted Vibrotactile Prosthesis for Patients with Chronic Postural Instabili

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $199,998.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Recent advances in the size and performance of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS)-based inertial instruments enable the development of a balance prosthesis to provide feedback regarding head orientation to patients with chronic balance dysfunction. There is… More

Sleep and Physical Activity Recording Technical Analysis (SPARTA)System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $199,989.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This SBIR Phase I application addresses the development of an integrated, multi-purpose Sleep and Physical Activity Recording and Technical Analysis (SPARTA) system that can be used to independently assess both sleep (d uration, quality, and timing) and physical… More

SoundTrak: A Data Acquisition and Analysis System for OSDB

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Research Institution: UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $199,182.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Obstructive sleep-disordered breathing (OSDB) is common in children and is now recognized as having substantial neurocognitive, neurobehavioral, and cardiovascular consequences. There are major limitations in diagnosing OSDB in children, who often do not have… More

3D Corrosion Mapping System for Complex Curved Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jason Burkholder, Principal Research Scient
Award Amount: $79,856.00
Abstract:
SBIR Topic N092-093 clearly describes the roadblocks that must be overcome in order to provide 3D surface mapping of corrosion on complex curved surfaces. Barron Associates and Southwest Research Institute propose innovations in sensing, control, and signal processing that will serve as the… More

Autonomous Seafloor Mapping System for Unmanned Undersea Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jason Burkholder, Principal Research Scient
Award Amount: $69,963.00
Abstract:
Optimal seafloor mapping via an unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) requires the solution and integration of two underlying problems: (1) autonomous underwater navigation and path planning and (2) accurate seafloor sensing and map construction. Each of these problems has been studied extensively;… More

EverWrist: A Novel Electronic Fall Monitor for Seniors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $174,936.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The majority of elders prefer to lead an independent lifestyle, with a minimum of caregiver intervention. Many seniors, however, are frail and suffer from imbalance as a result of their health status; they are at risk f or falls and would benefit from having some… More

Demonstrated Environment/Harware Cooperationfor Expanded Riverine Coverage

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Virginia Tech
Principal Investigator: Nathan Richards, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,960.00
RI Contact: John C. Rudd
Abstract:
The Barron Associates/Virginia Tech team believes that intelligent use of ambient riverine environmental factors together with novel drifter design and low-energy articulation is the key to enabling large non-overlapping river coverage. The proposed phase I research program focuses on (1)… More

DARWIN-HC:

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,991.00
Abstract:
Hot Corrosion of turbine engine components has been studied for many years. The underlying mechan-isms of Type I Hot Corrosion and Type II Hot Corrosion are increasingly well-understood. Nickel-based superalloys have shown strong resistance to high temperature oxidation attack and, of course,… More

Hardware Demonstration of a Joint Human/Automated Upset Recovery System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Neha Gandhi, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,904.00
Abstract:
For manned aircraft, loss of control in flight and controlled flight into terrain are two main causes for aviation accidents. Recently, the authors have developed systems that autonomously execute recovery strategies to rapidly restore nominal flight without overcommanding the aircraft, exacerbating… More

Tactile Data Entry System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Richard J. Adams, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,938.00
Abstract:
Barron Associates, in partnership with the University of Washington, proposes integrating a small vibrating element into an EVA glove to create a surrogate for the tactile sense lost behind the insulating and protective layers. This vibrotactile display will stimulate the neuro-receptors in the… More

Integrated Design and Analysis Environment for Safety Critical Human-Automation Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael D. DeVore, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,945.00
Abstract:
Flight deck systems, like many safety critical systems, often involve complex interactions between multiple human operators, automated subsystems, and physical structures. Individual components are extensively evaluated and are often redundantly deployed, so catastrophic failures predominately arise… More

A Software-Assurance Design Approach for NextGen Enabling Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Tony Aeillo, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,939.00
Abstract:
The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) brings significant advancements to the current management of the National Airspace (NAS). These fundamental changes have significant implications for safety and security, which, in turn, require new, more flexible techniques for the… More

A Wireless Small Animal Monitor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $849,965.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The proposed Phase II research program focuses on the development of a wireless Small Animal Physiological Monitor (SAM). The SAM system will provide the capability to monitor up to 16 laboratory animals (initially rats and mice) simultaneously, with continuous… More

TELEpHOne Monitor for the Elderly (TELEHOME)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Aaron B. Olowin
Award Amount: $849,800.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Barron Associates, Inc. proposes to develop a TELEpHOne Monitor for the Elderly (TELEHOME), a low-profile, body-worn, wireless personal monitor with built-in speakerphone. Functions provided by the TELEHOME system inclu de: (1) monitoring/alerting for fall… More

Hybrid Threat and Anomaly Diagnostics for Spacecraft Autonomy

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Richard Adams, Sr. Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,903.00
Abstract:
Barron Associates Incorporated proposes development of a hybrid satellite threat and anomaly diagnostics system that leverages the advantages of constraint-based inference engines as well as specialized quantitative model-based and process history-based techniques. The hybrid methodology… More

Cooperative and Fractional Redundancy for Cost-Effective Mixed-Critical Flight Control Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Anthony Aeillo, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,949.00
Abstract:
The United States Air Force has a clear need for new unmanned assets that integrate with current assets in a mixed-initiative framework. The autonomy required by such assets, combined with the elevation of many mission-critical applications to flight-critical status, levies significant additional… More

Adaptive Platform-Independent Control System for ROV Launch and Recovery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jason Burkholder, Prinicpal Research Scient
Award Amount: $69,930.00
Abstract:
The overall goal of the proposed research effort is the development of APICS - an Adaptive Platform-Independent Control System for launch and recovery of submersible remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). APICS will operate in constant tension mode during launch and recovery and also in active heave… More

A Retrofittable Fuel Usage Monitor and Economizer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Principal Research Scient
Award Amount: $411,425.00
Abstract:
An affordable, retrofittable vehicle performance and fuel economy maximization system would have widespread application to military tactical and non-tactical ground vehicles as well as commercial vehicles. Barron Associates, Inc. and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) conducted a successful Phase I… More

A New Approach to Vision Therapy Based on Naturalistic 3-D Computer Gaming

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker
Award Amount: $63,689.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Convergence disorders and refractive amblyopia are among the most common and treatable vision problems seen in general optometric clinical practice. Oce- and home-based vision therapy (OBVT and HBVT, respectively) are s tandard treatments for such disorders.… More

Continuous Oxygen Monitor for Patients on Long-Term Oxygen Therapy (COMPLY)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker – 434-973-1215
Award Amount: $198,426.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is responsible for more than 500,000 hospitalizations and over 100,000 deaths in the United States annually. COPD is currently the fourth leading cause of death; it is projected to become the third leading cause of… More

Integrated Design and Analysis Environment for Safety Critical Human-Automation Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael D. DeVore, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,996.00
Abstract:
Numerous advances have been made in recent years in the areas of flight deck design, aircraft modeling, resilient control, and vehicle health management. The combination of these complementary technologies promises to revolutionize aircraft systems and operations safety in the decades ahead. … More

DARWIN-HC: A Tool to Predict Hot Corrosion of Nickel-Based Turbine Disks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jason O. Burkholder, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,972.00
Abstract:
Hot Corrosion of turbine engine components has been studied for many years. The underlying mechan-isms of Type I Hot Corrosion and Type II Hot Corrosion are increasingly well-understood. Modern turbine engine designs that seek to achieve better fuel efficiency in part by increasing turbine inlet… More

Tactile Data Entry System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Richard J. Adams, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,995.00
Abstract:
Building on our successful Phase I Tactile Data Entry program, Barron Associates proposes development of a Glove-Enabled Computer Operations (GECO) system to permit suited crewmembers to perform virtual keyboard/mouse interactions using an instrumented EVA glove. The Phase II system will use… More

Simulator Evaluation of a Joint Human/Automated Upset Recovery System and Training Aid

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Neha Gandhi, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,984.00
Abstract:
Loss of control is a significant cause of aviation accidents attributed to a large percentage of fatalities in the commercial aviation sector. Recently, Barron Associates, Inc. (BAI) has developed a system for unmanned aerial vehicles that autonomously executes recovery strategies to rapidly restore… More

A Software-Assurance Design Approach for NextGen Enabling Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael A. Aeillo, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,541.00
Abstract:
The United States air transportation system is not performing adequately even as aircraft operations increase. To address this problem, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Joint Planning and Development Office are developing the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). NextGen… More

A New Approach to Vision Therapy Based on Naturalistic 3-D Computer Gaming

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker – 434-973-1215
Award Amount: $927,813.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Convergence disorders and refractive amblyopia are among the most common and treatable vision problems seen in general optometric clinical practice. Oce- and home-based vision therapy (OBVT and HBVT, respectively) are standard treatments for such disorders.… More

Early Identification of Developmental Disorders in Infants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker – 434-973-1215
Award Amount: $1,110,487.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Due to improvements in obstetrical and neonatal care, and an associated decrease in perinatal mortality, as well as increased risks associated with in vitro fertilization procedures, the number of preterm (lt 37 weekspostmenstrual age) very low birth weight (lt … More

A Rugged Automated Training System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: University of Virginia
Principal Investigator: William Gressick, Research Engineer – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $99,983.00
RI Contact: Robert R. Merhige, IV
Abstract:
"Barron Associates, Inc. proposes to develop the Rugged Automated Training (RAT) system, a cost-effective, rugged, automated environment to train and deploy small animals to detect landmines and other compounds of interest, and to evaluate their performance. The RAT system will train animals… More

Predicting Aircraft Intent in the Terminal Area using ATC Operations Knowledge and Run-time Information

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Alec J. Bateman, Principal Research Scientist – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $99,991.00
Abstract:
A key barrier to expanding the missions performed by UASs is ensuring safe interoperation with other manned and unmanned vehicles. In critical avoidance scenarios, UASs in autonomous flight do not currently employ the same level of situational awareness and decision-making offered by a human pilot… More

Framework for Real-Time, Multi-Camera Feature\\Recognition, Dissemination, Selection, and Visualization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael DeVore, Sr. Research Scientist – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $99,929.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Barron Associates, Inc. proposes to develop a foundational capability for unifying distributed heterogeneous surveillance data sources, producing and delivering highly refined results contextualized across the entire battlespace in real time. This project will result in a framework that… More

Sentient Adaptive Respone Cruise Harness (SeARCH) for Autonomous Sonobuoy Gliding&Navigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David Neal, Research Engineer – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $149,886.00
Abstract:
Barron Associates, Inc. has proposed a unique and innovative design for precision-guided sonobuoy delivery. The basic glide harness design uses a novel split wing design that maximizes both wing area and span in a concise package, thus greatly improving the aerodynamic performance and range… More

Autonomous Tank and Void Inspection Technique

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: William Gressick, Research Engineer – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $79,927.00
Abstract:
Barron Associates and its team propose a novel system design that facilitates autonomous inspection of arbitrarily-shaped tanks, voids and other structures. The portable system is designed to reduce labor and cost to the Navy from required repeated inspections and allows inspection of tanks or voids… More

Hybrid Threat and Anomaly Diagnostics for Spacecraft Autonomy

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Richard J. Adams, Senior Research Scientist – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $745,728.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Barron Associates Incorporated proposes flight hardware implementation and on-orbit demonstration of our hybrid methodology for threat and fault diagnosis. The effort advances the readiness of critical technologies for autonomous threat/anomaly detection and isolation through modeling,… More

3D Corrosion Mapping System for Complex Curved Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jason Burkholder, Principal Research Scient – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $599,853.00
Abstract:
The overall objective of this Phase II research is the development of an automated system capable of obtaining images of potentially corroded airframe components at micron-scale resolution. In Phase I, the research team of Barron Associates, Inc. and its subcontractor, Southwest Research Institute… More

Adaptive Platform-Independent Control System for ROV Launch and Recovery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jason Burkholder, Principal Research Scient – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $749,723.00
Abstract:
Launch and recovery of tethered remotely operated submersible vehicles is a challenging engineering problem requiring careful design and integration of hardware, software, and control algorithms. As succinctly described in the solicitation for SBIR topic N093-215, manual operation of the launch and… More

A Dropsonde Glider with Adaptive Trajectory Planning

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David A. Neal, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,845.00
Abstract:
Dropsondes are one of the primary atmospheric measurement tools available to researchers. Current dropsondes are deployed with a free fall parachute trajectory, allowing no flight path control and requiring the deployment aircraft to fly close to the target. Adding a guided range capability to the… More

An Automated Energy Management and Crew Alerting System for Upset Prevention

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Neha Gandhi, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,866.00
Abstract:
Loss-Of-Control-In-flight (LOC-I) has been a longstanding contributor to fatal aircraft accidents. However, recent high-profile incidents, including Colgan Air Flight 3407 and Air France Flight 447, have underscored the importance of mitigating the LOC-I risk. In both of these incidents, it is clear… More

EverWrist: A Novel Electronic Fall Monitor for Seniors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker – 434-973-1215
Award Amount: $1,083,524.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Falls and fall-related injuries in seniors are more common than strokes and can have equally serious consequences; they represent a signicant health care problem with a substantial associated morbidity and reduction inoverall mobility and function. Thirty percent… More

Monitoring Metabolic Energy Expenditure Via the Prosthetics of Lower Extremity Amputees

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Eileen Krepkovich, Engineer – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $149,971.00
Abstract:
Limb loss affects approximately 1.9 million people in the United States, 400,000 of whom have amputations above the knee. It is well established that lower-limb amputees show greater metabolic demands during gait and more limited mobility compared to non-disabled individuals. At present, there is no… More

Fusion of Information for Response to Space Threats (FIRST)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Richard J. Adams, Senior Research Scientist – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $149,957.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: In the proposed Fusion of Information for Response to Space Threats (FIRST) program, Barron Associates will develop an autonomous software agent for the on-board fusion of anti-satellite (ASAT) threat information. FIRST enables autonomous ASAT assessment and response by rapidly providing… More

Rapid Identification of Parameters for Optimal Store Ejection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David A. Neal, Research Engineer – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $149,990.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The overall objective of this effort is to develop the system architecture and embedded algorithms for intelligent store launch capability in the next generation of smart bomb racks. Barron Associates is teaming with Nielsen Engineering (NEAR) to investigate options for dynamically… More

Tube Launched UAV with Glide to Hover Transition

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David A. Neal III, Research Scientist – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $149,830.00
Abstract:
Barron Associates has teamed with Professor Alfred Gates to develop a unique armament that launches from the barrel of a M320, deploys aerodynamic surfaces to become an efficient high-speed glider, and finally transitions to a hovering configuration capable of remote reconnaissance and surveillance.… More

Supervised Learning for Automated Detection of Events

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael DeVore, Senior Research Scientist – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $79,934.00
Abstract:
Barron Associates proposes to develop and demonstrate algorithms for detecting events involving one or more objects in a sensor data stream and mechanisms for post-deployment training of those algorithms by analysts. The algorithm training approach will be highly efficient, requiring minimal… More

Sonobuoy Glide-Kit Development for Rapid and Precise Delivery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David Neal, Research Scientist – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $749,980.00
Abstract:
Barron Associates, Inc. has developed a unique and innovative design for precision-guided sonobuoy delivery. A compact glide-kit encloses the sonobuoy and deploys aerodynamic surfaces in-flight to provide glide and maneuver capability. The glide-kit fits within a compact design volume and has… More

Virtual Occupational Therapy Assistant (VOTA)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Richard J. Adams – 434-973-1215
Award Amount: $198,755.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The Virtual Occupational Therapy Assistant (VOTA) leverages advances in human motion tracking, multi-user virtual environments, and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology to provide cost effective clinical rehabilitation and teletherapy options for the… More

Robust Blink-based Communication System for Patients in Bed

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Alec J. Bateman – 434-973-1215
Award Amount: $181,717.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Every year approximately 5,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), one of the most common neuromuscular diseases. The disease ultimately affects nearly all voluntary muscles, and patients typically lose the ability… More

Intelligent Automated Insect Collection System (IFICS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: William T. Gressick, Senior Research Engineer – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $149,979.00
Abstract:
Flying insect vectors and the diseases they transmit continue to be a significant source of concern for United States service members deployed in field operations. In an effort to reduce contact between the vectors and humans, military entomologists are often required to perform surveillance to… More

Affordable Multi-Physics Local Environment (AMPLE) Space Situational Awareness

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Richard J. Adams, Senior Research Scientist – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $149,980.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Barron Associates Inc. proposes development of an Affordable Multi-Physics Local Environment (AMPLE) Space Situational Awareness (SSA) system. The solution integrates multiple sensor phenomenologies, unconventional data sources, cross-platform information sharing, and sensor fusion to… More

Game-based AutonoMy-Enabled Response (GAMER)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: John Hopkins University
Principal Investigator: Richard J. Adams, Senior Research Scientist – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $149,940.00
RI Contact: Alison B. Wampler
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Barron Associates Inc. proposes development of a Game-based AutonoMy-Enabled Response (GAMER) system for spacecraft protection. The effort extends leading-edge research in dynamic games to enable autonomous defensive response to space threats. GAMER introduces a hierarchical approach that… More

Rugged Automated Training System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: University of Virginia
Principal Investigator: William T. Gressick, Research Engineer – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $419,388.00
RI Contact: Robert R. Merhige, IV
Abstract:
Barron Associates, Inc.~proposes to develop the Rugged Automated Training (RAT) system, a cost-effective, rugged, automated environment to train and deploy small animals to detect landmines and other compounds of interest, and to evaluate their performance. The RAT system will train animals to… More

Fusion of Information for Response to Space Threats (FIRST)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Richard J. Adams, Senior Research Scientist – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $749,959.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Barron Associates, Inc. proposes an aggressive Phase II effort to make on-board threat information fusion technology available for future DoD, National, and commercial space systems. Fusion of Information for Response to Space Threats (FIRST) encompasses three key technical components:… More

Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Increased Automation for RMMV Recovery Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jason Burkholder, Principal Research Scient – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $79,917.00
Abstract:
Shipboard launch and recovery of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) is a challenging engineering problem requiring careful design and integration of hardware and software. The seaway-induced relative motion between the host vessel and ROV is often difficult to measure or model, which may render… More

Monitoring Metabolic Energy Expenditure Via the Prosthetics of Lower Extremity Amputees

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Eileen Krepkovich, Research Engineer – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $999,906.00
Abstract:
Limb loss affects approximately 1.9 million people in the United States. It is well established that lower-limb amputees show greater metabolic demands during gait and more limited mobility compared to non-disabled individuals. Currently, there is no lower-extremity prosthesis available that can… More

Methodology and Tools for Certifying Autonomous, Cyber-Physical Systems-of-Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael DeVore, Senior Research Scientist – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $149,937.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Barron Associates, together with subcontractor Rockwell Collins, propose to develop a new class of design and analysis tool that will significantly reduce the time and costs associated with V & V of complex cyber-physical systems-of-systems, and that will pave the way to certification… More

Tube Launched UAV with Glide to Hover Transition

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David A. Neal, Research Scientist – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $554,462.00
Abstract:
The LOCUST40mm is a surveillance system that is fired from a standard M320 grenade launcher. It provides unique capabilities not offered by other 40mm-launched systems and fills an important capability gap currently faced by ground troops. In particular, the LOCUST40mm has significant greater… More

VICTORY-Virtual Video Game Therapy for Substance Cessation and Recovery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker – 434-973-1215
Award Amount: $200,279.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Nicotine addiction poses a serious public health problem in the United States. Cigarette smoking alone has been identified as the cause of numerous diseases, including cancers (e.g., lung, bladder, kidney, and oral cancers, among others), cardiovascular diseases… More

Multi-modal Application for the Perception of Spaces (MAPS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Richard J. Adams – 434-973-1215
Award Amount: $212,025.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Multi-modal Application for the Perception of Spaces (MAPS) is an Android tablet application and wearable USB peripheral that provides an on-the-go stereo-tactile, audio, and high-contrast visual map of interior spacesfor individuals who are blind or visually… More

Smart Polymer Reagents for Sensitivity and Speed-enhanced Clinical Diagnostics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Todd A. Summers – 434-973-1215
Award Amount: $149,900.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The Detection and Alerting System for Seizure Onset (DASSO) will be a comfortable, chest-worn device that will provide continuous, wireless seizure monitoring for individuals with epilepsy. Barron Associates, a leader in the development of wireless… More

BENEFIT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: B. E. Parker – 434-973-1215
Award Amount: $991,580.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The overall goal of this multi-phase SBIR research effort is to develop a handheld fall risk assessment instrument for use by health and elder care providers. Falls occur in up to 30% of those over the age of 65 and upto 40% for people over the age of 80. Falls… More

Combined Approaches for Verification and Validation of Run Time Protected Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: John D. Schierman, Principal Research Scientist – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $149,981.00
Abstract:
Barron Associates has assembled a team of researchers that include Dr. Sayan Mitra of the University of Illinois and Dr. Ufuk Topcu of the University of Pennsylvania. They will spearhead three complimentary investigations into the development of verification and validation (V & V) approaches… More

Robust Partial Authority MPC Architecture in Degraded Visual Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jared K. Cooper, Research Scientist – (434) 973-1215
Award Amount: $99,962.00
Abstract:
Rotorcraft operations in a degraded visual environment, and particularly near the ground or other obstacles, can create a high risk of incident and reduce mission effectiveness. The lack of visual cues can create spatial disorientation and increases pilot workload. In a worst-case scenario the lack… More