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An Evolutionary Learning and Adaptive Underwater Object Recognition System

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Department of Defense
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2009 / SBIR
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Impact Technologies, LLC
200 Canal View Blvd Rochester, NY -
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Woman-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: An Evolutionary Learning and Adaptive Underwater Object Recognition System
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-09-M-0164
Award Amount: $69,985.00


Impact Technologies, in cooperation with our research partners at Georgia Tech, propose to develop an evolutionary, learning-based object recognition technology suite that is capable of robust, in situ adaptation of underwater target assessments. The automated feedback learning mechanisms proposed herein will provide a unique capability to adapt the feature extraction, selection and classification process that can lead to improved false alarm and target identification rates as the system is matured. The core technical innovations of this project will include: 1) development of an adaptive image segmentation and feature extraction/selection process based on a specialized evolutionary computing algorithm; 2) development of a novel ensemble learning process for performing fusion of various classifiers across sensor types, environments, and target classes; 3) development of a particle filtering framework for robustly adapting the parameters of the algorithms for identifying the underwater objects; and 4) development of the associated reinforcement learning process for tuning and controlling the image analysis process over time. At the completion of Phase I, a computer demonstration of the adaptive object recognition software library that illustrates a robust and adaptive ability to recognize underwater targets of interest will be performed. Phase II will fully develop the prototype system and demonstrate in-situ, adaptive object recognition in a more realistic underwater environments using government provided datasets.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Roemer
Director of Engineering

Business Contact:

Mark Redding
Director of Engineering
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200 Canal View Blvd Rochester, NY 14623

EIN/Tax ID: 161567136
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No