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MAI Continues Collaborative Development with JAIA Robotics

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MAI Aids in Environmentally Responsible Offshore Development

MAI’s Dr. William Ellison and Dr. Jennifer Amaral collaborated with a group of expert scientists to develop a broadly applicable, transparent, repeatable analytical framework for assessing relative risk of anthropogenic activities on marine species, with an emphasis on the noise aspects of the activity. Drs. Ellison and Amaral contributed heavily to the conceptualization and development of a modular framework for assessing relative risk to marine species based on an understanding of the spatial-temporal-spectral intersections of animals and anthropogenic activities. Though created for use by both industry developers and government agencies to assist in minimizing environmental impacts during the installation of offshore windfarms, the risk assessment technique can be applied to the planning of any anthropogenic activity in the marine environment. This work was supported by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

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Avoiding Active Acoustic Impact On Marine Mammals Using Autonomous Detection And Classification Technology

In-Depth Engineering Corporation (IEC), teamed with Marine Acoustics, Incorporated (MAI), L3Harris Corporation (L3), and QorTek, Incorporated will provide a low-cost, and compact active and passive acoustic marine mammal detection and classification capability for the Deep Water Active (DWA) component of the Deployable Surveillance System (DSS). This research effort pairs MAI ‘s subject matter expertise on sonar mitigation system design, marine mammal population dynamics, and vocal behavior ecology with IEC, L3, and OorTek’s proven technical capabilities in developing novel active and passive sonar systems.… Read the rest

MAI supporting AI/ML development for U. S. Navy Sonars

MAI is working with MIT:LL to aid in the development of AI/ML capabilities for a range of U.S. Navy acoustic sensors. This effort continues MAI collaboration with industry partners on the development of groundbreaking technologies.… Read the rest

MAI awarded SBIR Phase I funding for the initial development of a Virtualized portable expeditionary AN/UYQ-100 USW-DSS Unit for Training

MAI was recently awarded SBIR (N231-044) for phase one work in which MAI will team with CAE to create a portable, virtualized expeditionary AN/UYQ-100 USW-DSS unit that will integrate with the Navy’s Consolidated Afloat Network Enterprise Services (CANES) while also providing a stand-alone capability for real world and training tactical scenarios. This effort pairs MAI and CAE’s ASW and ASUW expertise with CAE’s technical capabilities, which includes, modeling and simulation, gamification, virtual reality development, mixed reality development, software development, hardware development, and database management will result in a powerful tool that will enhance the Navy’s tactical decision makers ability to employ assets.… Read the rest

Revolutionizing Environmental Monitoring: MAI and JAIA Robotics Collaborate to Develop Human-Portable UUV for Advanced Acoustic Measurements in Marine Projects

Marine Acoustics, Inc. (MAI) has entered a collaboration with Jaia Robotics, Inc., a leader in low-cost, micro-sized autonomous marine vehicles, to develop a human portable UUV capable of calibrated passive acoustic measurements throughout the water depth column of common interest for environmental monitoring of marine projects.


The acoustic monitoring vehicles that Jaia Robotics will produce provide a versatile tool for obtaining aquatic acoustic measurements at multiple sample sites over a short period of time. This capability aids in the sustainable development of ocean-based renewable energy and the responsible development and use of the marine environment.… Read the rest

MAI secures 5-year, $19.5M contract to expand technical support for ONR’s cutting-edge naval research initiatives

In November of 2022, MAI successfully won the 5 -year re-compete for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Code 32 SETA Support contract. This has been an ever-evolving, multi-contract effort spanning nearly the past two decades and supporting a wide range of business & analytical services. This new contract, valued at $19.5M, increases the scope and range of technical support MAI provides to ONR in the areas of Maritime Sensing, Acoustic Transduction, Undersea Remote Sensing, Fundamental Research Portfolio Management, and Ocean Battlespace and Expeditionary Access Department support.… Read the rest

MAI awarded SBIR Phase I funding for the initial development of an Intelligent Assistance for Anti-Submarine Warfare

MAI has been awarded a six-month Phase I SBIR for $140,000 to develop a feasibility study for an Intelligent Assistant for Anti-Submarine Warfare. Along with our new partners at Clarifai, we will be creating the SONAR Engagement Naval Systems Enhancing Intelligence (SENSEI) utilizing AI to bring together environmental information from the on-board tactical decision aid (TDA), in-situ, real-time assessment of the environment, and machine-learning algorithms to provide operators situational awareness regarding key parameters such as primary propagation path(s), bearing-dependent complications (such as sea mounts that might obscure threats), significant topology features into which a threat might retreat to minimize detection, best tactical waveforms, and situational best practices to enable operators to maximize the potential of the tactical sonar suite for the specific conditions present at that time and location. SENSEI will have a significant analysis component but will also have a direct interface with the operator through additional display elements.  In addition to realizing performance gains of at least 25% on active sonar detection, active sonar classification, active sonar tracking and end-to-end metrics relative to naïve employment of the system, this will enhance affordability by reducing the training time needed to realize a given level of operational performance. Read MoreRead the rest

MAI Awarded $1.6M Phase II Small Business Innovative Research for a Theater Anti-Submarine Warfare Risk Tactical Decision Aid

MAI, in coordination with partners L3Harris, are pleased to announce the award of a Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant for a Theater Anti-Submarine Warfare (TASW) Risk Analysis Tactical Decision Aid (TDA).

Theater Anti-Submarine Warfare (TASW) Planners may be overwhelmed by decisions regarding risk to future plans, according to current asset allocation (mitigation) against potential threats. At the Commander, Task Force (CTF) Watchfloor, the TASW planners have a series of resources to analyze risk vs mitigations to current TASW operations, to include a Common Operating Picture (COP), METOC and Intel Support. The Undersea Warfare Decision Support System (USW-DSS), a Command and Control (C2) system, was designed to help fuse this data into an ASW tactical picture, however, current USW-DSS functionality lacks risk analysis mission planning capability that captures the full needs of the disparate users in both understanding and assessing risk (relative to existing mitigation measures) to future plans.

TASW planners require risk analysis mission planning capability in order to “visualize” and “evaluate” the full impact of the risk involved to future operations in a high op-tempo, multi-threat environment. Further this capability must not only provide decision makers situational awareness they currently lack regarding the nature of the risk but also provide an evaluation of “residual” risk resulting from current mitigation measures; and do so in an intuitive way within a GUI able to interface with current UWS-DSS display and architecture.

TASW Risk Assessment Visualization Concept


During the Phase I effort, the MAI team was able to demonstrate proof of concept for a Theater Anti-Submarine Warfare (TASW) Risk Analysis Tactical Decision Aid (TDA) able to visualize TASW risk to Future Operations (FUOPS) planners. The TDA utilizes MAI’s logic-based, 4-D Monte-Carlo acoustic modeling and simulation software, as well as acoustic databases and sensor libraries developed as part of the Phase I effort.

TASW Risk Assessment Prototype Concept

MAI’s Java-based TDA software is designed to integrate as an overlay with USW-DSS via an existing surrogate framework developed at L3Harris. Further the TDA, though designed to operate as a standalone overlay in Phase II, will be capable of operating complementary to existing USW-DSS overlays as well as leverage existing acoustic models and databases as part of Phase III transition planning.

This technology directly addresses current lack of TASW watchfloor tools tuned to the needs of Future Operations (FUOPS) planners, specifically the ability to “visualize” and “evaluate” acceptable Commander’s risk to future operations in order to provide guidance at key decision points in the planning process, as well as formulate appropriate mitigation plans.… Read the rest