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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Ship reporting system. Sol. FY88-WHALE. (CBD, July 17) NOAA and the Coast Guard seek a vendor to establish and maintain a ship reporting system off the East Coast of the United States to reduce the threat of ship strikes to right whales. Ship strikes are a major source of mortality in this highly endangered species. The system will require all ships of 300 gross tons or more that enter a designated area to report their name, position and destination, among other data, to a shore-based station. An automated message will be returned to the ship, advising mariners about how to avoid whales. The system also will yield data on ship traffic, thereby helping tailor future ship-strike mitigation measures.

Contact: LaMar CarlsonNational Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationOFA/AGFS/AMD— OFA511305 East-West Highway, Station 7604Silver Spring, Md. 20910(301) 713-0839, Ext. 196

NASA. Research, development and demonstration of advanced information technology concepts for aeronautics and space transportation systems. Sol. 98-LARC-8. (CBD, July 17) NASA plans to issue an announcement on or about Aug. 17 for the development of advanced IT concepts for aeronautics and space transportation systems. The agency will solicit innovative technologies that safely reduce the cost of aeronautics and space transportation systems while maintaining or improving efficiency. R&D is sought in analytical tools and environments for design; integrated instrumentation and testing systems; intelligent system controls and operations; advanced computing, networks and storage; and software integrity, productivity and security. The project will focus on high-risk, high-payoff technologies.

Contact: Mary J. CorbittNASA, Langley Research CenterMail Stop 144, Industry Assistance OfficeHampton, Va. 23681-0001(757) 864-2434

Defense Special Weapons Agency. Strategic command, control, communication and computer assessment tool follow-on development. (CBD, July 17) DSWA is seeking a contractor to provide Global Command and Control System-compatible, Unix-based information system software to provide C3 operations, planning and exercise support to the U.S. Strategic Command. This software must be easy and fast to use and must provide visually oriented first-order assessments of C3 connectivity to globally distributed forces.

Contact: Tanya StasiukDefense Special Weapons Agency6801 Telegraph RoadAlexandria, Va. 22310-3398(703) 325-5029/1200

Air Force. Hybrid evolutionary learning for pattern recognition. Sol. PRDA No. 98-04-SNK. (CBD, July 20) The purpose of this effort is to develop the technology necessary to demonstrate the automated design and synthesis of pattern-recognition solutions that would otherwise be manually developed by human experts. Research in this area should demonstrate a strong potential to enhance automatic target recognition weapons systems, reduce costs and development time, and reduce the need for human expertise. The overall goal is to develop and demonstrate advanced automatic design systems that combine and layer multiple evolutionary techniques with an emphasis on synthesizing, rather than just optimizing, computational networks or complex algorithms for image and signal recognition tasks. The Air Force anticipates two awards.

Contact: Alan StruckmanAir Force, R&D Contracting Directorate2530 C St., Building 7Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433-7607 (937) 255-2902 n

These items have been selected from recent Commerce Business Daily issues and have been edited for space.

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