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Contractor: HRL Laboratories LLC
HRL Laboratories LLC, Malibu, Calif., was awarded on Sept. 3, 2009, a $10,982,174 cost-no-fee contract. This contract is for the SyNAPSE program seeks to break the programmable machine paradigm and define a new path forward for creating useful, intelligent machines. The vision for the anticipated DARPA SyNAPSE program is the enabling of electronic neuromorphic machine technology that is scalable to biological levels. Programmable machines are limited not only by their computational capacity, but also an architecture requiring (human-derived) algorithms to both describe and process information from their environment. In contrast, biological neural systems (e.g., brains) autonomously process information in complex by automatically learning relevant and probabilistically stable features and associations. The key to achieving the vision of the NyNAPSE program will be an unprecedented multidisciplinary approach that can coordinate aggressive technology development activities in the following areas 1) hardware; 2) architecture; 3) simulation; and 4) environment. Work is to be performed in Malibu, Calif., (61.7 precent), San Diego, Calif., (6.3 precent), Portland, Ore., (2.1 precent), Fairfax, Va., (3.2 precent), Atlanta, Ga., (7 precent), Reno, N.V., (1.8 precent), Arlington, Va., (6 precent), Boston, Mass., (6.5 precent), and Irvine, Calif., (3.0%) with an estimated completion date of Feb. 2011. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with 13 bids received. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency Contracts Managements Office, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity (HR0011-09-C-0001).
Total Contract Value: $10,982,174