Intelligent Systems Group

SInce ARSI's beginning, research in intelligent systems has been central to our success. ASRI's founder
developed some of the first intelligent materials and a new class of functional structures recognized as the first successful biomimetic intelligent system. ARSI's new Artificial Neural Membrane (ANM) Technology is a product of twenty years of research encompassing advanced materials, mathematics, neuroengineering and solid-state physics culminating in foundational technologies for biomimetic membrane vehicles and a new approach to solid-state quantum computing. The development of ANM technology has revolutionized the approach to intelligent functional structures as it provides an open architecture environment for micro-and nanoscale devices, controlled by neural algorithms and biomimetic systems. The direct impact on functional structures is well known, but now the ANM systems are being used to enhance a variety of networks and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The Neural Technology Frontier

Since the early years of biocybernetics, the search for artificial neural technology has led to advances in information technology, AI and even medicine. Now developments at ARSI are creating new opportunities in not just programmable materials, but adaptive intelligent networks. Further, ANM devices are finding their way into diverse areas of research including particle physics, electronic propulsion and power generation. ARSI has licensed an ever growing group of developmental applications. In-house ANM technology is a basis for a new micro-satellite network integrating interferometry systems and changing the paradigm in remote sensing and communications.

New class of functional structures demonstrates neural control
of membrane structures: a breakthrough in resident computing and controls

ARSI's new class of functional structures proves neural control of membrane structures. This new development creates programmable materials and structures for space, medicine and energy. The neuro-adaptive environment pioneered by Dr. Menges and the ANM’s open architecture provides numerous possibilities to exploit micro- and nanoscale devices. Above: ARSI’s membrane shearflex wing based on Artificial Neural Membrane (ANM) Technology has revolutionized the integration of complex functional structures. The shaped memory alloy and ARSI's memory polymer actuators embedded in the substrate create control surfaces by inducing twisting and flexing of the membrane based on sensor inputs and flight control software. ARSI perfected several methods of materials integration in membrane structures to demonstrate control of aerodynamic surfaces.

ANM Technology has initiated a number of new innovative applications of the first self-organizing functional structures. The best known application was funded by the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC). The NIAC funded study investigated mechanical geometries of devices for membrane control and visualization of mechanisms for an ANM flapping wing vehicle (see right). The new approach proposed the first comprehensive system for supporting biomimetic flapping wing structures integrating sensors, mechanical functional components, power and computing. Ultimately, the materials based devices chosen since have proven the multifunctional nature of the ANM Technology through resident processing and sensory systems.

Areas of applications:

- Deployable sensory networks
- Membrane aircraft and spacecraft
- Actuator and control assemblies
- Space and diving suits
- Artificial organs and biosensors
- Flexible optical arrays

Above: ARSI Membrane Flapping WIng Nitinol Actuator Test (NIAC Study 2005).
ARSI perfected several methods of materials integration in membrane structures to demonstrate control of aerodynamic surfaces.


ANM Technology redefines the Internet of Everything (IoE)

ARSI's Micro Membrane Aerial Vehicles (MMAV) provide new opportunities in mobile wireless communications and sensor networks. From hurricanes to chemical emissions tracking, MMAVs could revolutionize real-time data for disaster response, aerospace and defense operations and environmental surveillance. Further the ability to deploy the MMAVs in the dozens to hundreds, supports coverage of large geographic and atmospheric regions. Built in redundancies and mobile delay-tolerant (DTN) and mesh networks create a unique environment for a variety of mission requirements including ISR, flight operations, battle management and autonomous FAC operations.

Above: Modeling ANM Smart Skin surfaces for aircraft and spacecraft offers new approach to health-monitoring, thermal management, autonomous systems and flight controls.

Below: ANM supported biosensors developed by ARSI create physiological and environmental surveillance for astronauts and life support systems. The future in integrating real-time positioning systems within remote and healthcare sites using ANM Biosensors is exciting and supports security and research in a non-invasive technology. The ANM biosensors support DTN and wireless (Zigbee, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi) networks.

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