FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 8, 2021
DAYTON, Ohio – Parallax Advanced Research announced updates on new contracts and projects that involve modeling COVID-19 response in Ohio; unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), artificial intelligence and machine learning innovations; and innovation ecosystem development via academia, industry and government collaborative engagement across Ohio and the Nation.
Research and Development
At its core are the organization’s thriving research and development programs that support the Air Force Research Laboratory and other U.S. Department of Defense agencies, such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Parallax’s research areas include UAVs, human performance, artificial intelligence (AI), autonomy and analytics.
Parallax delivers unmatched multi-UAV command and control test and evaluation capability for the U.S. Air Force, and its work in the evaluation of advanced systems for semi-autonomous, remotely piloted aircraft is critical in enabling a single operator to control multiple UAVs. Parallax’s support of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Vigilant Spirit Control Station demonstrates single operator UAV command and control of multiple heterogeneous unmanned systems. Vigilant Spirit is a force-multiplier control station capability that redefines human-machine teaming for unmanned systems. Vigilant Spirit is based on an extensible, non-proprietary service-oriented architecture with multi-role human-machine teaming and flexible levels of automation/autonomy. The vehicle specific module plug-in allows for rapid integration of additional vehicle types. Vigilant Spirit aims to minimize operator training time with a common cross-platform intuitive operator interface and AI user awareness.
Parallax is developing a new state-focused modeling project named “Opera” as part of the AFRL's Autonomy Capability Team 3 (ACT3). Opera is an Ohio-scale simulation of the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across individuals in the population. Near-term efforts are focused on simulations for contact tracing and testing. This will inform Ohio leaders of changes resulting from reaching more contacts who may have been infected and will aim to improve turnaround time for positive COVID-19 tests.
“Parallax’s diverse research portfolio provides key research capabilities ;and science and technology innovation that address key challenges for our state and federal government customers, and our programs are making a real impact.” said Parallax Chief Scientist, Dr. Viktoria Greanya.
Science and Technology Enhancement Programs
Parallax has several states and federal funded science and technology enhancement programs that promote technology transition; academic, industry and government collaborations; and economic development in Ohio and the Nation. These programs are:
The Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN): a state-focused program, designed in collaboration with The Ohio State University, that’s driving innovation with strategic partnerships involving academia, industry and government. The Ohio Federal Military Jobs Commission (OFMJC) tasked Wright State Applied Research Corporation, now Parallax Advanced Research, and The Ohio State University in November 2014 to frame a requirements-driven initiative that addresses emerging mission requirements for the U.S. Air Force and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in which Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) and NASA Glenn Research Center (NASA-GRC) play significant roles. The OFRN is the result and has the mission to build Ohio’s innovation economy through statewide university/industry/government research collaborations that meet the requirements of Ohio’s federal laboratories, resulting in the creation of leading-edge technologies that drive job growth for our state. The OFRN has leveraged $41 million in state funding since 2014, resulting in funded research for 28 academic-industry project teams spanning 12 universities, two community colleges and 60 industry partners in Ohio. These projects have won more than $200 million in new funding for Ohio-based research and resulted in the creation of eight new Ohio companies and 905 high-quality jobs.The program’s Round 5 solicitation was launched on Jan. 6, 2021 and offers approximately $10 to $15 million in new research funding to Ohio-based companies and academic research entities.
The U.S. Air Force Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX): a national U.S. Air Force partnership intermediary program with a five-year, $49 million contract that enhances academic engagement with industry and the U.S. Air Force nationwide to advance U.S. Air Force defense technology development and transition. Since 2019, has created 305 connections between industry, academia and the U.S. Air Force by utilizing its in-house data analytics capability to target academic and industry researchers of interest to the U.S. Air Force. ’s mission supports the U.S. Air Force’s 2030 Science and Technology Strategy that aims to rapidly move defense technology from discovery to reality and advance the warfighter.
Tech Warrior Enterprise: a national program providing small businesses a demonstration environment for their technologies that simulates actual field conditions and feedback on their technologies from a variety of U.S. Air Force stakeholders. In December 2020, Parallax was awarded a $12.38 million contract to further develop Tech Warrior Enterprise for the U.S. Air Force Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs operated by the / Center of Excellence. In 2020, the Tech Warrior Enterprise team conducted over 80 events involving over 1,000 small business participants from across the U.S as well as submitted 20 companies to the U.S. Air Force / office to aid COVID response efforts.
Launch Dayton: a collaborative of Dayton-based entrepreneurial resource providers, including The Entrepreneurs Center, that was founded in 2016 and supports the Dayton startup community. In 2020, Parallax’s Launch Dayton team helped 37 start-ups build their businesses through its Early Risers Academy bootcamp, and in 2021, the team will establish the Launch Dayton Mentor Network. The Mentor Network is made possible through Ohio Third Frontier funding via The Entrepreneurs Center. Learn more about Launch Dayton here: https://launchdayton.com.
Parallax has coined its and science and technology efforts as The Science of Intelligent Teaming™, which it defines as basic and applied research of highly diverse UAS, human performance, AI, autonomy and analytics and how they interact and perform with one another, and the utilization of human elements of innovation, such as networks and personalities, and business ecosystems made of government, industry and academic entities and their capabilities to help move technology from discovery to reality.
“We utilize the human elements of innovation, such as networks and personalities, and leverage and connect business ecosystems made of government, industry and academic entities and their capabilities to help move technology from discovery to reality. It is through this process we create and deliver transformational solutions for our clients,” said Dennis Andersh, Parallax CEO, “and we are proud that our large body of work helps illustrate Ohio’s competitive innovation market.”
About Parallax Advanced Research
Parallax Advanced Research is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Parallax tackles challenges by accelerating innovation; developing technology and solutions through strategic partnerships with government, industry and academia across the State of Ohio and the Nation. By building intelligent teams—composed of humans, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, and other complex entities—Parallax is where everything comes together. Together with academia, Parallax accelerates innovation that leads to new breakthroughs. Together with government, Parallax tackles critical global challenges and delivers new solutions. Together with industry, Parallax develops groundbreaking ideas and speeds them to market.