VISIMO for the additional growth of UAV know-how by way of Air Drive STTR Award | Standing

PITTSBURGH, January 26, 2021 / PRNewswire / – VISIMO, in partnership with University of Cincinnati (UC) The Unmanned Multi-Agent Systems Technology Research Laboratory for Aircraft (UAV MASTER) has received the Air Force’s “Agility Prime” STTR (Air Force Technology Transfer) award for researching innovative sense-and-avoid architectures for autonomy spheres and UAVs.

VISIMO’s technology will help the Air Force reduce human risk through increased UAV autonomy.

VISIMO’s research aims to reduce the risk of disaster relief, humanitarian aid and logistics missions for orbs / UAVs through greater autonomy. Current sense-and-avoid architectures are unable to adequately take into account the dynamic and constantly changing nature of real competitive environments. Innovative technologies are needed to reduce risk and provide effective support and protection for both civilians and service members.

“Our mission at VISIMO is to manage people, drive change and develop disruptive products,” said Founder and CEO James Julius.

“This technology has the potential to improve and save countless lives, and it is an honor to be recognized by the Air Force as the right partner for this important work.”

For the six-month Phase I award, VISIMO will begin the prototyping process and develop a solution for commercial and military end users. In the following phases, the team will create and scale an artificial neural network model and test the technology in the state-of-the-art simulation and flight test facilities at UAV MASTER Lab. VISIMO is pleased to take this opportunity to benefit from the expertise of Dr. Kelly Cohen, Chairman of the aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics department of UC and director of the UAV MASTER Lab. Dr. Cohen’s career achievements in fuzzy AI logic, UAVs, and machine learning will be an integral part of VISIMO’s Agility Prime research.

VISIMO’s sense-and-avoid architecture will support the use of UAV technology in a wide variety of use cases including air taxi, air ambulance, fire fighting and natural disaster response. The technology will also support low-cost transportation of goods, ease the increasing traffic congestion, support readiness for military and commercial technologies, and support public-private partnerships that are essential to the development of safety standards as orb / UAV technology advances.

VISIMO is a small company in the HUBZone nearby Pittsburgh, PA. VISIMO was founded in 2016 and is an active member of several national consortia, including the Autonomy Research Collaboration Network (ARCNet) and the System of Systems (SOSSEC) consortium. VISIMO was recognized as one of five data science finalists for the 2020 Tech 50 Awards from the Pittsburgh Technology Council and was awarded the 2020 Best Places to Work Award by the Pittsburgh Business Times.

“We’re excited to be recognized as a small business innovator and proud to represent them Pittsburghs living community of artificial intelligence on the federal stage, “concluded Julius.

This material is based on work supported by the United States Air Force AFRL / SBRK under contract number FA864921P0231. All opinions, results, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the US Air Force AFRL / SBRK.


Alexander Heit
Vice President, Partnership & Strategy at VISIMO
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