Monthly Archives: June 2016

AFRL Maturation of Vibrothermography Model Award to Iowa State University

AFRL has announced an award to Iowa State University of Science and Technology of Ames, IA.  The award amount is $1,200,000.

AFRL SOFTWARE EPISTEMOLOGY 2 Award to Draper Laboratory

AFRL has announce an award for Software Epistemology 2 to Charles Stark Draper Laboratory of Cambridge, MA.  The award amount is $99,910.

ONR Long Range BAA Award to Rochester Scientific

ONR has announced an award to the Long Range BAA to Rochester Scientific, LLC of El Cerrito, CA.  The award amount is $49,984.

IARPA Multimodal Objective Sensing to Assess Individuals with Context (MOSAIC) Proposers’ Day

IARPA has announced the Multimodal Objective Sensing to Assess Individuals with Context (MOSAIC) Proposers’ Day, IARPA-BAA-16-10 in anticipation of the release of the BAA.  The conference will be held August 2, 2016  in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Attendees must register no later than 5 pm EDT July 26, 2016 at https://eventmanagement.cvent.com/MOSAICPDREGISTRATION.

The goal of the MOSAIC program is to “take advantage of multimodal mobile, worn, and carried sensors and the corresponding data to enable the measurement of an individual in situ, throughout their daily activities, using an aggregate of behavior, physiology, social dynamics, physical location and proximity, as well as other novel data sources. Research in this program will aim to establish convergent validity of multimodal signals across a range of researcher-defined contexts and over time to enable accurate and personalized evaluations. It is anticipated that research teams will develop and test a suite of multimodal sensors to collect a range of subject-focused and situational data; build capabilities to develop an integrated model of the subject, their behaviors, and the social and physical context; and advance methods to personalize modeling approaches to develop accurate assessments of an individual over time.

MOSAIC is anticipated to be a two-phase program with each phase focusing on the following:

  • Implementation and testing of a suite of mobile, worn and/or carried sensors to measure the target constructs using data collected from diverse volunteer participants that provide informed consent to measure them during daily activities, along with more controlled data collection periods.
  • Development of methods to measure a subject, their social environment, and physical surroundings to inform the interpretation of a subject’s own data.
  • Advancement of methods to build automated and personalized assessments of the target constructs for each subject. In both phases performance against target metrics will be evaluated by an independent test and evaluation team.

The program manager is Alexis Jeannotte.

DARPA Strategic Technologies Office (STO) Industry Meeting

DARPA has announced the Strategic Technologies Office (STO) Industry Meeting, DARPA-SN-16-45.  The meeting will be held on August 2-3, 2016 at the DARPA Conference Center in Arlington, VA.

In the meeting STO will present “program development plans in several strategic interest areas, including full-spectrum intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) that discerns physical, information, and cognitive threats, multi-domain mission planning that uses all relevant assets to plan optimal outcomes, and hybrid effects produced by synchronized maneuvers across physical and digital domains. System, and system of system solutions of interest within and across these strategic areas include ISR Sensors and Exploitation, Electronic and Cyber Warfare (ECW), Battle Management and Command and Control (BMC2), Communications and Networks, Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT). Mission areas of interest range from peer-contested force-on-force conflicts to “Gray Zone” conflicts that employ measures short of war. The areas of interest covered by these presentations form the basis of the current STO Office-wide BAA-16-18, and may form the basis for future solicitations issued on behalf of DARPA STO.”

The event will be at the SECRET collateral security level. All participants will require a SECRET personnel security clearance. The registration site is: http://www.sameetings.com/2016STOIndustryDay. Registration opens Monday, June 27, 2016 and will close when capacity is reached or by July 18, 2016 at 5 PM EDT. Participants may also register for sidebar meetings with STO Program Managers through the registration site.

DARPA Squad X Experimentation BAA

DARPA TTO has released the Squad X Experimentation BAA, DARPA-BAA-16-30. The objective of the Squad X Experimentation program is to “design, develop, integrate, and validate system prototypes that enable next-generation combined arms for the dismounted squad. The resulting Squad X systems will maximize squad performance in increasingly complex, multi-domain operational environments.”

Squad X will provide the “synchronization of fire and maneuver in the physical, electromagnetic spectrum, and cyberspace domains. The system will combine humans and unmanned assets, ubiquitous communications and information, and advanced capabilities in all domains to maximize squad performance in increasingly complex operational environments.”

The Squad X Experimentation program “is an advanced technology system development program designed to create a paradigm shift in squad operations through man-machine teaming, increased intelligence and precision effects. By integrating physical domain operations with electromagnetic spectrum and cyberspace operations and performing extensive experimentation, Squad X Experimentation will enable next generation combined arms at the dismounted squad level.”

There will be up to $25.5M for Phase 1 and up to $19M for Phase II of the program.  Multiple awards are anticipated. Abstract are due June 3, 2016 and proposals are due July 15, 2016.

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DARPA TRAnsformative DESign (TRADES) BAA

DARPA DSO has announced the TRAnsformative DESign (TRADES) BAA, DARPA-BAA-16-39. The goal of the TRADES program is to “advance the foundational mathematics and computational tools required to generate and better manage the enormous complexity of design. Such technologies will allow designers to more easily navigate the design space to discover non-intuitive yet realizable designs that fully leverage new materials.”

The TRADES program is a single phase, 48-month effort addressing two independent but collaborative Technical Areas (TAs):

  1. In TA1, Design Technologies, several performer teams will explore and develop new mathematical and computational foundations that can transform the traditional design process.
  2. In TA2, Design Testbed, a single performer will provide a software integration platform to TA1 performers, creating a common resource for collaboration and sharing of prototype implementations.

As part of the Design Testbed, the TA2 performer will host exemplar problems as test cases through which DARPA will measure the progress of the TA1 performers. The main responsibility of the TA2 performer will be to establish the standard mechanism for implementations running in different environments to interoperate, maintain the testbed, and assist TA1 performers in its use.

It is anticipated that there will be multiple TA1 performers and a single TA2 performer. Abstracts are due June 1, 2016 and full proposals are due July 26, 2016. The program manger is Dr. Jan Vandenbrande.

DARPA Magnetic Miniaturized and Monolithically Integrated Components (M3IC) BAA

DARPA MTO has released the Magnetic Miniaturized and Monolithically Integrated Components (M3IC) BAA, DARPA-BAA-16-36.  The goal of M3IC is to “develop integrated magnetic components on semiconductor substrates that will reduce size and enable new functionality for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) electromagnetic (EM) systems.

Proposals should concentrate on one or more of the following technical areas:

  1. Integration of magnetic components on semiconductor substrates – this will be accomplished by advancing the state of the art in growth and processing techniques for thick magnetic films on semiconductor substrates. The primary goal is to grow and pattern high-quality, uniform, thick, and temperature-stable magnetic films on standard semiconductor wafers while preserving the properties of both the magnetic films and the semiconductor circuitry.
  2. Modeling the system-level impact of nonlinear, non-reciprocal, time-dependent magnetic phenomena – One possible approach “will be the development of a hierarchical model in which iteratively calibrated layers of abstraction connect the physical models, for example the NIST Object Oriented MicroMagnetic Framework (OOMMF) code, to high level industry-standard circuit and field modeling tools, for example the Keysight Technologies Advanced Design System (ADS), National Instruments AWR Design Environment, or ANSYS High Frequency Electromagnetic Field Simulation (HFSS).”
  3. Optimization of miniaturized microwave magnetic components – The goal of TA3 “is to advance the performance and functionality of RF signal processing capabilities in components such as, but not limited to, FSLs and SNEs through innovative designs and novel exploitation of these magnetic phenomena.”

The M3IC program will be divided into three phases spanning a total 48-month.  It is anticipated that approximately $26M of total funding will be awarded across all performers and program phases. The anticipated funding type is 6.1, 6.2. Proposal are due August 1, 2016 and the program manager is Dr. William D. Palmer.

DARPA Dispersed Computing BAA

DARPA I2O has announced the Dispersed Computing BAA, DARPA-BAA-16-41.  The Dispersed Computing Program is soliciting “research proposals in the area of algorithms and protocols for mission-aware computation and communication across broad-scale, physically dispersed computing infrastructure.”

The Dispersed Computing program will “produce software instantiations of algorithms and protocol stacks that leverage pervasive, physically dispersed computing platforms to boost application and network performance by orders of magnitude. Examples of such platforms include (but are not limited to) network elements, radios, smart phones, or sensors containing or collocated with programmable execution environments; and portable micro-clouds of various form factors that are installed within structures of opportunity. Note the design and production of hardware for these platforms is not in scope for this program.”

Proposers’ Day for the program is June 30, 2016 and proposals are due September 7, 2016. Attendees for the Proposers’ Day must register by June 27, 2016 by 8:00 AM ET at: https://www.schafertmd.com/darpa/i2o/dispersedcomputing/pd.

DARPA Advanced Full Range Engine (AFRE) Proposers Day

DARPA TTO has announced the Advanced Full Range Engine (AFRE) Proposers Day, DARPA-SN-16-43.  The Proposers Day will be on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at the DARPA Conference Center in Arlington, VA from 1:00PM to 5:00PM and on Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 9:00AM to 12:00PM (EDT).  Participants must register at https://www.client-meeting.net/DARPA-TTO-AFRE-Proposers-Day/.https://www.client-meeting.net/DARPA-TTO-AFRE-Proposers-Day/.

The objective of the AFRE program is to “develop and ground demonstrate an innovative, fullscale, fully reusable propulsion system that can operate over the full range of speeds enabling future hypersonic aircraft platforms. The propulsion concept envisioned is a Turbine Based Combined Cycle (TBCC) system which combines a turbine engine for low speed operations with a ramjet/scramjet for high speed operations via a common inlet and nozzle serving both the low speed and high speed flowpaths. The program will address the critical technologies enabling the turbine engine and ramjet/scramjet extended operating regimes enabling transition from the low speed flowpath to the high speed flowpath, common inlet and nozzle, and culminate in an integrated freejet test of the TBCC propulsion system to validate the combined thrust performance over the full range of speeds required for low speed take-off to hypersonic flight.”