DARPA 

Arrays at Commercial Timescales (ACT)
Proposers’ Day Workshop
 March 18, 2013

 Arlington, VA
  
The venue for the ACT Proposers' Day has reached capacity and we can no longer accept new registrations. Please feel free to send any questions regarding the event to "DARPA-SN-13-26@darpa.mil" with the subject "Registration Filled".  Additionally, DARPA will make the PM's ACT overview presentation available on the DARPA website following the meeting, along with answers to frequently asked questions. We thank you for your interest in the ACT program.
 

Due to the high demand for individual meetings with the government team in the afternoon of the Proposers' Day, we are reducing the length of these meetings to just 10 minutes. The ACT technical support staff will now be available immediately following your individual meeting with the PM.  These follow-on meetings will provide an additional 10 minutes to clarify any remaining questions that did not get answered in the abbreviated time. The schedule for the individual meetings can be found on the Agenda page of the registration website.
 
The Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is hosting a Proposers’ Day Workshop that will provide critical information on the program vision, the program objectives, and opportunities associated with the development of an interdisciplinary proposal to respond to an anticipated Broad Agency Announcement.  

The overarching goal of the ACT program is to dramatically shorten the timescales associated with electromagnetic array development, deployment and upgrade to more closely coincide with the cadence of electronics performance improvements dictated by Moore’s Law. ACT will emphasize flexibility over absolute performance, and, by doing so, fielded defense systems will be capable of more aptly responding to the rapidly evolving requirements. Specifically, this program will depart from traditional highly-specialized and time-consuming array design methodologies for each application space. ACT will focus on three enabling thrust areas: 1) realization of a common hardware module comprising a majority of an array’s functionality that can be broadly applied to many disparate array platforms, 2) development of a reconfigurable electromagnetic interface capable of supporting a wide variety of RF parameters such as different polarizations, frequencies, bandwidths, etc. and 3) demonstration of a scalable infrastructure in which arrays on physically disconnected platforms can be coherently combined into a larger effective aperture through the use of precise timing and localization data. Successful completion of this program will result in more widespread proliferation of array capabilities on a wide variety of air, ground and sea assets. Non-recurring engineering and development cost will be substantially reduced due to the scalability of the new design approach.

The Proposers’ Day will be held on Monday, March 18th at the DARPA Conference Center, 675 N. Randolph St. Arlington, VA 22203. The preliminary Proposers’ Day Agenda includes an ACT Vision presentation by Dr. Chappell, brief presentations by academic and industry teams on current and planned efforts, and a short presentation on DARPA contracting.  Following lunch, an opportunity will be provided for brief individual meetings with Dr. Chappell and a breakout room will be available for organizations wishing to discuss potential collaborations. Both of these can be requested on a first-come, first serve basis by emailing DARPA-SN-13-26@darpa.mil with the type of meeting being requested in the subject line.


Location:
DARPA Conference Center
675 N. Randolph St.
Arlington, VA 22203 
Please note: All attendees must register on this website to participate in the ACT Proposers’ Day Workshop.  Organizations are not limited in the number of attendees; however, in the event that the Proposers' Day is oversubscribed, DARPA reserves the right to limit participation to two attendees per organization.  Registration will close at midnight on Thursday, March 14, 2013.  Registration has closed due to venue capacity.
There is no fee for the ACT Proposers’ Day Workshop. 

We look forward to your participation.