Research on the Use of Autonomy and Unmanned Vehicles in Support of USAF Operations

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Funding Opportunity ID: 318930
Opportunity Number: USAFA-BAA-2015-CALL-0008
Opportunity Title: Research on the Use of Autonomy and Unmanned Vehicles in Support of USAF Operations
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Grant
Procurement Contract
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 12.800
Eligible Applicants: Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Additional Information on Eligibility: All responsible, potential applicants from academia and industry are eligible to submit white papers/proposals. USAFA particularly encourages white paper/proposals from small businesses, historically black colleges and universities, minority institutions and minority researchers. However, no portion of this BAA is set aside for a specific group.Proposals from Federal Agencies, including subcontracting/sub-Non-Federal Entity (NFE) efforts will not be evaluated under this BAA. Federal agencies should contact the Department of Research associated with the given technical area listed in Section I of the BAA to discuss funding through internal Government procedures.
Agency Code: DOD-USAFA
Agency Name: Department of Defense
Air Force Academy
Posted Date: Jul 29, 2019
Close Date: Aug 30, 2019
Last Updated Date: Jul 29, 2019
Award Ceiling: $420,000
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: The Academy Center for Cyberspace Research (ACCR) conducts research in a wide range of areas within the fields of Computer and Cyber Science in support of the AF, DoD and other government and commercial sponsors. All cadets in the Computer Science and Cyber Science majors receive research experience through independent studies, course projects and summer research opportunities. ACCR has four primary research focus areas: system security analysis, immersive environments (augmented and virtual reality), artificial intelligence and autonomy, and big-data analytics. In addition to these four primary focus areas, ACCR can conduct research in any topics related to the field of Computer and Cyber Science provided there is sufficient faculty and cadet interest. State of the art facilities are available to students and researchers providing capabilities for network and platform vulnerability analysis; industrial control system/supervisory control and data acquisition security analysis and development; provably secure software development; network security stack analysis; virtual and augmented reality applications; high-performance computing; robotics and unmanned systems design, analysis, and operation; unmanned aerial swarms and multi-vehicle cooperation. ACCR is especially interested in research that incorporates proposed student projects to further its leadership in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Autonomous Systems (AS) education. In support of the departments continued Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Autonomous Systems (AS) research, an emphasis has been placed on retooling and expanding our curriculum by conducting technical and pedagogical research on new AI/AS methodologies. This CALL is focused on fundamental research that can lead to the development of new novel pedagogical approaches to AI/AS education. Research areas should fall within autonomy and AI to include algorithms and techniques for such, as well as researching educational best practices, techniques and pedagogical approaches. USAFA is interested in data that could potentially lead to the external development of lesson plans, exercises, and classroom activities that embody those techniques/approaches, which could be used as the basis for new AI/AS curricula at USAFA and for public educational institutions. Research should be conducted utilizing hands-on mentoring with cadets in support of senior capstone projects addressing AI/AS system concepts and rapid deployment of newly developed concepts in an effort to answer critical research questions in real time. The results and methodologies discovered, to include the focused research conducted in capstone projects, will form the basis of scholarly work presented at conferences or in journal articles. In addition to briefings and presentations it is expected the effort will culminate in a final report, submitted to USAFA DFCS, which will cover research elements derived entirety from the AI/AS studies. Projects must be new research efforts. Proposals for the continuation of existing research projects funded under a previous grant or cooperative agreement awards are not desired.
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