Request for Research Project Proposals #1: Office of Naval Research

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Project Title: Design, Development, Prototyping and Testing of Smart Sensors

Project Number: W911SR-14-2-0001 RPP-1912

Introduction & Background
The 321MS team supports fundamental research that changes the sensor design constraint space. Traditional sensor systems typically begin as open-ended instrumentation devices, where the primary emphasis is on maximizing the amount of data that can be collected. Signal processing and communication are generally secondary considerations which are often addressed on an ad hoc, case by case basis.

Collaborative research: The 321MS team recommends the creation of collaborative interdisciplinary solution teams to address program objective tasks for the areas indicated.

  1. Basic Science Research Solution Team:
    • Materials: Nano, Metallic, Electric, and other relevant materials
    • Modeling Properties and Integrated Systems
  2. Prototype Development Solution Team:
    • Prototype measurements
    • Prototype development
    • Prototype fabrication
  3. Validation Solution Team:
    • Model validation
    • Systems validation

Collaborative Research Summary:

  • State portion of the effort each member will be contributing.
  • Provide a schedule indicating when each member will participate in task(s).

Scope/Program Goals:
Develop sensor systems that balance the three principle sensor subsystem tasks of:

  1. Sampling phenomenology,
  2. Pre-processing the data sampled and
  3. Communicating that data out.
  4. Adding AI to the sensing process provides the opportunity to significantly decrease entropy and increase the ratio of relevant information to raw data, its information content.

Specific tasks to address program goals:

  • Task 1: Design and simulate various configurations that integrate AI into sensor systems.
  • Task 2: Develop and prototype the various fixtures, hardware and software required to collect sufficient data to assess prototype sensors increased effectiveness.
  • Task 3: Performance-related data shall include power consumption, space/time-bandwidth product, and effective information content.
  • Task 4: Utilize, test and experiment with the prototype sensor to ascertain its effectiveness in meeting various global objectives such as detection, discrimination and tracking as compared to conventional sensor systems.

Technology Readiness Levels (learn more)

  • Technology Readiness Level 1: Basic principles observed and reported
  • Technology Readiness Level 2: Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • Technology Readiness Level 3: Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • Technology Readiness Level 4: Component and/or breadboard validation in a laboratory environment
  • Technology Readiness Level 5: Component and/or breadboard validation in a relevant environment
  • Technology Readiness Level 6: System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • Technology Readiness Level 7: System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • Technology Readiness Level 8: Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
  • Technology Readiness Level 9: Actual system proven through successful mission operations

About the Office of Naval Research

Established on August 1, 1946 and authorized under Public Law 588, the Office of Naval Research has been a pioneer in the public support of science and technology research that benefits both the naval services and the nation. From investments in the earliest computers to spearheading seminal research in deep-sea exploration to cultivating groundbreaking efforts in solid-state electronics and countless other innovations, ONR has been shaping the Navy and Marine Corps — and the world around us — for seven decades and counting.

About ONR Division 321: Maritime Sensing

The Maritime Sensing program conducts multidisciplinary science and technology, research and development of acoustic and non-acoustic sensors and transduction systems as a means to provide next-generation sensing technologies for the Navy’s tactical surveillance and undersea warfare missions. These systems may be carried as on-board equipment for Navy surface ships, submarines, aircraft, and unmanned vehicles; they may also be deployed from those platforms as mobile, drifting, or fixed ocean surveillance systems operating under autonomous or remote control. Project scopes may range from component-level research and development to system-level technology demonstrations.