AFRL

September 25, 2017

The Air Force has tapped two universities to develop speech recognition technologies. One of the awards goes to the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, California, for $17,079,713, while the other award goes to Columbia University in New York, for $14,884,945. Both of the universities will perform research in developing and integrating agile and robust automatic speech recognition, machine translation, cross-language information retrieval, and summarization technologies into functional end-to-end systems. Work at USC and Columbia will be performed in Marina del Rey, California, and New York, respectivley, and should be completed August 22, 2021.

September 1, 2017
By George I. Seffers
Benji Maruyama, a senior materials research engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL’s) Functional Materials Division, stands by the AFRL’s Autonomous Research System (ARES), which uses artificial intelligence to design, execute and analyze experiments at a pace much faster than traditional scientific research methods.

The U.S. Air Force’s most prolific scientist likely will never wear a lab coat, but it can perform experiments 100 times faster than its human counterparts. The robo-researcher may one day help spark explosive growth in scientific knowledge.

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL’s) Autonomous Research System (ARES) does not fit the conventional idea of a robotic system. It is not humanoid. It does not move freely across the ground or fly through the air. But in a single day, it can autonomously execute 100 experiments, compared with about one for its human peers.

August 30, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
Soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, test the new positioning technology being developed by Echo Ridge.

The military is developing a new battlefield tool that will help ground forces navigate hostile territory without the susceptibility of GPS platforms. Instead, warfighters will use radio frequency signals as a source of positioning information. To display navigational solutions on a map, the tool connects to a smartphone running the Air Force’s Android Tactical Assault Kit.

In conjunction with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Sterling, Virginia-based Echo Ridge LLC is designing the technology to fit in a small, low-power package that can be carried by ground operators, according to Mark Smearcheck, an electronics engineer with the AFRL Sensors Directorate.

August 15, 2017

Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, Manassas, Virginia (FA8650-17-D-2715), and Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Redondo Beach, California (FA8650-17-D-2719), have been awarded a $499,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity shared ceiling for six contracts for the Aerospace Systems Air Platform Technology Research program. These contracts provide research for affordable, revolutionary capabilities for the warfighter, including cost-effective, survivable air vehicle platforms for delivering weapons and cargo worldwide. Work will be performed in Manassas, Virginia; and Redondo Beach, California, and is expected to be completed by 2025. This award is the result of competitive acquisition and six offers were received.

June 27, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
The TrueNorth chip has the equivalent of 1 million neurons and 256 million synapses in a form of a postage stamp.

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and IBM are collaborating on a brain-inspired supercomputing system powered by a 64-chip array. The laboratory is investigating applications for the system in embedded, mobile, autonomous settings where limiting factors today include size, weight and power.

As an end-to-end software ecosystem, the scalable platform would enable deep neural-network learning and information discovery. Its advanced pattern recognition and sensory processing power would be the equivalent of 64 million neurons and 16 billion synapses; however, the processor component only will consume approximately 10 watts, the equivalent of a dim light bulb.

August 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform a six-ship formation flyover during an air show. Researchers want to know which indicators of personal performance—heart rate or body sway, for example—begin to synchronize when a team works well together.

U.S. Air Force researchers intend next year to provide a system on the commercial market that will significantly improve collaboration capabilities among groups, whether special forces, cyberwarfare, medical or sports teams. The combat fitness tool will categorize teams or individuals as being in red, yellow or green zones, offering an easy-to-understand assessment of readiness levels that will allow commanders to decide if a person needs a break, whether a team’s workload should be rebalanced or if one team is better prepared than another to tackle a specific mission or task.

August 16, 2013
George I. Seffers

 

January 24, 2013
George I. Seffers

SIX3 Advanced Systems Inc., Dulles, Va., is being awarded a $7,035,000 contract modification for establishment of program requirements and milestones for Cyber Fast Track Commercial Agreements. The location of the performance is Dulles, Va. Work is expected to be completed by Jan. 18, 2014. The contracting activity is the Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y.

January 2, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va., is being awarded a $24,525,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for high-energy research and applications and high-power microwave and plasma technologies. The contracting activity is the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. 

November 17, 2012
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Va., is being awarded a $10,208,232 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for software enhancements for the Automated Virtual Information Production Support System. The contracting activity is U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y.

December 10, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Herndon, Va., is being awarded a $49,618,000 cost plus fixed fee, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for information processing for data to decision making in support of the functions and customers of the Air Force Command and Control Integration Center and the 35th Information Squadron. The contracting activity is the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y.  

November 9, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Raytheon BBN Technologies Corp., Cambridge, Mass., is being awarded a $16,487,403 cost plus fixed fee contract for alert dissemination and event profiles from text as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Deep Exploration and Filtering of Text Program. The contracting activity is the Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y. 

November 9, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Pacific Defense Solutions LLC, Kihei, Hawaii is being awarded a $9,724,737 cost plus fixed fee contract for space situational awareness research and development. The contracting activity is Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. 

November 9, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Poway, Calif., is being awarded a $7,034,404.00 cost-plus-fixed fee, research and development contract for the continuous look/attack management for the Predator software updates. The contracting activity is the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. 

September 17, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Science Applications International Corporation, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and Intelligence System Services, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $74,400,000 undefinitized contractual action contract modification for fiscal 2013 operations and maintenance of Angel Fire Spiral 2+ Blue Devil Block I. The location of performance is Afghanistan. The contracting activity is Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. 

August 24, 2012
By George Seffers

Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dulles, Virginia, is being awarded a $32,642,695 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to develop a maneuverable augmented geostationary laboratory experiment platform spacecraft bus. The contracting activity is Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.

August 17, 2012
By George Seffers

Ostendo Technologies Incorporated, Carlsbad, California, is being awarded a $58,328,021 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a synthetic-holographic 3D workstation prototype. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

August 10, 2012
By George Seffers

Infoscitex Corporation, Waltham, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $46,900,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for research and development for the Human Measurement and Signatures Intelligence Program. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

August 10, 2012
By George Seffers

Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation, Systems Engineering Solutions, Boulder, Colorado, is being awarded a $15 million contract modification for laser effects vulnerability research. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico is the contract authority.

August 8, 2012
By George Seffers

SRI International, Menlo Park, California, is being awarded a $13,540,764 contract for design and assurance for the modular assembly of Sense-Control- Actuate Systems. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York, is the contracting activity.

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