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Definitive Contract - N6833521C0615

OVERVIEW

Awardee
Original Description
KICKOFF BRIEFING MATERIALS & FWA CERT.
Place of Performance
Middletown, RI USA
Pricing
Fixed Price
Set Aside
Small Business Set Aside - Total (SBA)
Extent Competed
Full And Open Competition After Exclusion Of Sources
Related Opportunity
None

SBIR DETAILS

Research Type
Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Phase I
Title
N211-073 - Intelligent Assistant for Anti-Submarine Warfare
Abstract
A typical navy sonar team faces a host of challenges in Sonar Search Planning, having to take into consideration operational profile limitations, environmental constraints and target specific considerations when deciding on optimal system search settings; settings which themselves may need to change within the course of the ASW problem as a function of variation along those three dimensions that may go unnoticed by the human operators in key parameters. These challenges are further compounded when dealing with new sonar systems, where there may not be sufficient time to build up sufficient resident knowledge on the system or leverage Navy guidance derived from lesson's learned. It is our vision to create a prototype Intelligent Assistant Tactical Decision Aid (TDA) for ASW in order to not only assist in the complex decision-making process of setting up an optimal sonar system Search Plan, but also augment the Sonar Team in continually evaluating this process. The Intelligent Assistant will utilize data from navigational and operational charts paired with environmental information from other on-board TDA's and real-time assessments in order to enable Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) algorithms to provide operators invaluable support to the ASW problem. This AI/ML algorithm is anticipated to operate in the display background as a TDA on the tactical Advance Capability Build (ACB) sonar system, agnostic of platform, and able to adapt to the system that it is operating on. By optimizing the use parameters of the systems and the recognition differential of the operators, the combined enhancements are anticipated to yield significant improvements in ASW force capabilities via seamless transition to ACB builds. While a demo for such a system can be envisioned as part of a TRL-6 PHASE II prototype, leveraging the tactical system (or surrogate) and RecFS post-processed acoustic and meta data, for PHASE I we intend to provide TRL-3 proof of concept of Intelligent Assistant capability using surrogate data and pre-existing software and/or software developed as part of the Phase I effort. For this purpose, the MAI/Clarify team propose to simulate the Sonar Search Plan decision cycle via simulated acoustic data modeled and displayed on a surrogate Active sonar display for both Pulse Active Sonar (PAS) and Continuous Active Sonar (CAS) waveforms. A range of AI/ML algorithms will then be applied to the data in order to derive potential for envisioned Intelligent Assistant to identify patterns of detection and non-detection that can both inform and adjust the Sonar Search Plan as proof of concept during the PHASE I approach. The teaming of Marine Acoustics Inc (MAI), with years of operational experience in ACB Sonar RDT&E, and Clarifai, pioneers in the development of AI/ML recognition software already in use by various DOD and Federal agencies, brings a strong marriage of capabilities well suited to this task.
Topic Code
N211-073
Solicitation Number
21.1
Contact
Ken Graf
(401) 847-7508
ken.graf@marineacoustics.com

STATUS
(Complete)

Period of Performance

7/6/21

Start Date

1/4/22

Current End Date

7/3/22

Potential End Date
100% Complete

Obligations and Backlog

$140.0K

Total Obligated

$140.0K

Current Award

$238.0K

Potential Award
59% Funded

$0.0

Funded Backlog

$98.0K

Unfunded Backlog

AWARD RELATIONSHIPS

Definitive Contract

N6833521C0615

Subcontracts

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Subs

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ACTIVITY TIMELINE

SUBCONTRACT AWARDS

Opportunity Lifecycle

HISTORY

COMPETITION
Solicitation Procedures
Negotiated Proposal/Quote
Number of Offers Received
12
Other Than Full and Open Competition
None
Evaluated Preference
None
Commercial Item Acquisition
Commercial Item Procedures Not Used
Simplified Procedures for Commercial Items
No

OTHER CATEGORIZATIONS

Subcontracting Plan
Plan Not Required
National Interest Action
None
IT Commercial Item Category
Not Applicable
AGENCY DETAIL
Created By
maryellen.eisele.n68335@navy.mil
Last Modified By
danielle.ramos1.n68335@navy.mil
Approved By
danielle.ramos1.n68335@navy.mil
Awarding Office
N68335 NAVAIR WARFARE CTR AIRCRAFT DIV
Funding Office
N00024 NAVSEA HQ

LEGISLATIVE MANDATES

Clinger-Cohen Act Compliant
No
Construction Wage Rate Requirements
Not Applicable
Labor Standards
Not Applicable
Materials, Supplies, Articles & Equipment
Not Applicable
Last Modified: 7/6/21


PIID: N68335-21-C-0615