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Company Information:

Company Name: Opto-Knowledge Systems, Inc. (OKSI)
City: Torrance
State: CA
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: http://www.oksi.com
Phone: (310) 756-0520

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $4,725,060.00 54
SBIR Phase II $19,246,053.00 28
STTR Phase I $200,000.00 3
STTR Phase II $1,249,899.00 2

Award List:

INTELLIGENT MISSILE SEEKER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Nahum Gat , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $51,012.00

INTELLIGENT MISSILE SEEKER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Nahum Gat , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $471,327.00
Abstract:
A novel concept of a miniaturized, rugged, permanently aligned, all-solid-state spectrometer sensor is proposed for a missile seeker. a set containing two or three such sensors can resolve the complete uv through ir spectrum of a source in the field-of-view. it is intended to demonstrate that this… More

Room-Temperature, Long-Wave Infrared Spectrometer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat
Award Amount: $69,664.00
Abstract:
If uncooled to cryogenic temperature, the opto-mechanical components in a long wave infrared imaging spectrometer emit broadband thermal radiation that at best may reduce the dynamic range of the Focal Plane Array, or completely saturate it. One solution is to mount a Linear Variable Filter over the… More

Optical Apparatus for Turbulence Characterization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat
Award Amount: $69,257.00
Abstract:
An optical technique is proposed for the measurement of turbulence properties in reactive and non-reactive flows. The measurement, averaged along a line of sight, provides information related to the scale of turbulence and the spectral probability distribution function of turbulence energy. The… More

Hazardous Substance Detection Using Long Wave Infrared Imaging Spectrometer with Uncooled Optics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat
Award Amount: $98,279.00

Hyperspectral Analysis Techniques for Remote Sensing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, Phd
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Imaging spectrometers (hyperspectral imaging sensors) and various airborne and spaceborne multispectral scanners have been used for the remote detection of mineral in the soil and for the study of vegetation. New applications are developing for hyperspectral sensors in the area of environmental… More

Sensor Data Fusion for an Intelligent Fire Detection and Control System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Dr. Nanum Gat, PE , President
Award Amount: $50,000.00

Sensor Data Fusion for an Intelligent Fire Detection and Control System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Dr. Nanum Gat, PE , President
Award Amount: $200,000.00
Abstract:
This proposal deals with the application of advanced mathematical concepts for developing a general purpose, fire detection and suppression system that can be adapted for residential, commercial, and industrial environments. The system utilizes a suite of common (or future) sensors that are… More

Hazardous Substance Detection Using Long Wave Infrared Imaging Spectrometer with Uncooled Optics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
A novel design approach is proposed that will allow operating a longwave infrared imaging spectrometer sensor with uncooled opto- mechanical components. This proposal is for the technology demonstration and design validation investigation. The concept is based on earlier work at NASA in remote… More

Anomaly Detection Technique For Beaconless Search And Rescue Using Multi-Spectral Remote Sensing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat , PRESIDENT
Award Amount: $70,000.00

PRINCIPAL COMPONENTS TRANSFORMATION FOR HYPERSPECTRAL DATA COMPRESSION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat Phd, Pm
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The principal components transformation will be applied to obtain real-time lossless compression of hyperspectral images, with compression factors of the order of 20-50. A large compression factor will permit UAVs and space borne sensors to gather and store far more data than before. This will not… More

PRINCIPAL COMPONENTS TRANSFORMATION FOR HYPERSPECTRAL DATA COMPRESSION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat Phd, Pm
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The principal components transformation will be applied to obtain real-time lossless compression of hyperspectral images, with compression factors of the order of 20-50. A large compression factor will permit UAVs and space borne sensors to gather and store far more data than before. This will not… More

Physics-based atmospheric corrections to hyperspectral imagery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00

Novel Very Fast Tunable Filter for Hyperspectral Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Brown University
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Norman J. Hebert

4-D MW/LW IR Hyperspectral Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, Ph.D., President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The emergence of dual band IRFPAs opens the opportunity for development of hyperspectral sensors that simultaneously cover both the MWIR and LWIR spectral range. To address the specific issue related to hyperspectral imaging of time-dependent events suchas rocket engine firing, OKSI is proposing a… More

Passive/Active Imaging Spectroscopy tools for in vivo detection of Plant Transformation Events and M

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
OKSI is joining with Wisconsin Center for Space Automation & Robotics (WCSAR), a NASA co-sponsored Commercial Space Center, to develop and demonstrate a technology for the automation of plant health monitoring for the creation of bio-mass and regenerative environments in space and for future… More

4-D MW/LW IR Hyperspectral Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $702,878.00
Abstract:
Under the Phase-I program a dual band 4D-IS sensor was designed, and key technologies explored and demonstrated. A unique IR fiber optics reformatter cable was fabricated as a proof of concept. Under Phase-II, a fully functional sensor will be built,calibrated, and demonstrated in a field test at… More

Advanced Monocular Passive Ranging (A-MPR)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
"The proposal addresses an advanced method of Monocular Passive Ranging (MPR). MPR is a differential absorption technique to determine the range to an emissive target without the use of active illumination (RADAR or LIDAR). Classical MPR uses sensormeasurements in two discrete bands (an… More

A 4-Dimensional Lightning Mapper

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The proposed sensor is designed to produce radiance maps of short lived events such as lightning in 4 (or 5) dimensions including temporal, 3D spatial, and spectral space. This sensor, for the first time, will enable the study of the spatial and spectral contents at a high temporal resolution of… More

A Sensor for Spatial-Spectral-Temporal Missile Signature Characterization and MPR (Spectral Range E)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
we propose to design, build and deliver a sensor capable of capturing full spectral signatures, over a 2D spatial extand at a high temporal resolution. The sensor is specifically appropriate for plumes and fast changing events such as intercepts killassessment, for characterizing target signature,… More

Video-based autonomous navigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
As a part of a precision agriculture project OKSI operates a suite of remote sensing sensors including multi-, hyperspectral, thermal IR, and a color video, from a Cessna aircraft. In order to properly register and georeference the imagery OKSI hasdeveloped algorithmic tools for image registration… More

Continuously variable aperture cold stop

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $119,553.00
Abstract:
We propose to build a continuously variable size cold stop that is mounted in a dewar and operates at LN2 temperatures. A fully functional dewar system will be demonstrated during phase I, using manual micrometer via a feedthrough. Under the proposedoption the variable cold stop will be… More

Data Driven Plume Model Optimization Tool for Creating Signature Databases

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
A new computational approach is proposed for combining missile plume model predictions with sensor measurements in a Simultaneous Constraint Optimization for Parameter Extraction (SCOPE) that reduces the overall parameter and sensor response uncertainty.The SCOPE paradigm improves plume parameters… More

Continuous variable Aperture Cold Stop

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
Under the Phase-I program, OKSI has demonstrated a simple solution for a continuously variable aperture cold stop for IR cameras. The variable cold stop was shown to work very smoothly and reliably at liquid nitrogen temperatures in vacuum, in a standardpour-fill dewar.Under Phase-II, OKSI will add… More

Universal Stabilized Platform for Hyperspectral Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
Airborne hyperspectral sensors of the pushbroom and whiskbroom type build up spatial imagery one strip (pushbroom) or one pixel (whiskbroom) at the time. As the platform undergoes attitude changes in flight (yaw, pitch, roll), the line of sight moves around and the collected imagery suffers from… More

Color Night Vision for Detection, Indications, and Warnings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $99,962.00
Abstract:
The technology addressed is related to electro-optical sensors and specifically to image intensified night vision video cameras and goggles. Specifically we address equipment that can be used to enhance ship perimeter security, harbor protection, as wellas support for surveillance, reconnaissance,… More

Video based autonomous navigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Several video-based autonomous navigation algorithms were developed under Phase-I with increasing degree of accuracy. A flight sensor package was assembled, containing a video camera, a thermal infrared camera, GPS, an Attitude and Heading ReferenceSystems, and other sensors, and flown over urban… More

Video based autonomous navigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $449,936.00
Abstract:
Several video-based autonomous navigation algorithms were developed under Phase-I with increasing degree of accuracy. A flight sensor package was assembled, containing a video camera, a thermal infrared camera, GPS, an Attitude and Heading ReferenceSystems, and other sensors, and flown over urban… More

Advanced Monocular Passive Ranging (A-MPR) for HALO-II

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The Phase-I investigation resulted in a major breakthough in terms of algorithmic capabilities to retrieve thrusting target range using passive measurements of target spectral radiation. Range, range uncertainty, and range sensitivity are computed with high accuracy. The algorithm takes full… More

A Sensor for Spatial-Spectral-Temporal Missile Signature Characterization and MPR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $749,919.00
Abstract:
The objective of this project is to build a midwave infrared four dimensional imaging spectrometer (4D-IS) capable of capturing full hyperspectral image cube (2-spatial dimensions, spectral dimension, and temporal) at video rates. The sensor will be built to fully interface with the HALO-II system… More

Color Night Vision for Detection, Indications, and Warnings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $447,783.00
Abstract:
Color night vision offers major advantages to the warfighter, aircrew, law enforcement, and special operations forces, by improving scene understanding and orientation. While false color imagery has been generated by the fusion of monochrome visible imagery with various bands in the thermal IR,… More

Plume phenomenology code suite validation via code-to-code sensitivity propagation techniques

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
A chain of plume codes (e.g., rocket motor, flowfield, radiation atmospheric propagation) is required to properly model plume phenomenology. These codes have hundreds of user-selected input parameters and include close to a million database parameters such as molecular cross section, gases… More

Dual BandSW/LWIR compact hyperspectral sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
A compact dual range hyperspectral sensor is proposed, covering the longwave and short waver infrared bands. The design, based on a patented technology, allows operation with uncooled spectrometer structure with minimal parasitic radiation loading. An all reflective f/4 or f/2.6 three mirror… More

Variable Aperture Cold-Stop for Multiple f-number Optics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $119,996.00
Abstract:
We propose to implement a simple continuously variable iris mechanism for operation at cryogenic temperatures. The iris is designed to function as a variable cold stop on an existing camera system in use by the Army Test and Evaluation Center (ATEC). The proposed device is based on a similar… More

Variable Aperture Cold-Stop for Multiple f-number Optics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $729,813.00
Abstract:
The DoD ranges have invested significant financial resources in optics, mainly long focal length telescopes for use in high speed cinematography with 35 mm and 70 mm film transport cameras. With the increased demand for long-range infrared imaging, the ranges are now beginning to in-vest in IR… More

In-situ / In-flight Detection of Fluorescent Proteins Using Imaging Spectroscopy Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Recent advances in molecular biology have offered promising opportunities for developing high-value transgenic plant materials that originally have no commercial utilities and for producing recombinant proteins in transgenic plants. Such plant genetic engineering will not only benefit the… More

Development of Automation Tools for Automatic Differentiation of Computer Codes for Sensitivity & Uncertainty Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $98,794.00
Abstract:
As the DoD increases its reliance on modeling and simulation (M&S) via large and complex computer codes, a major new problem emerges: current M&S codes do not provide an efficient method of estimating simulation sensitivities and uncertainties for given uncertainties in the input parameters… More

Novel Target Detection in Clutter using Joint Bayesian & Generalized Likelyhood Tests in Neyman-Pearson Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $99,992.00
Abstract:
Hyperspectral sensors have proven capable of distinguishing targets that are otherwise very difficult to discern. However, such sensors also tend to produce false alarms at a significant rate. The Battle Management, Command and Control (BMC2) architecture will deal with most difficult detection… More

Generalized Multivariate Decision Theory: A Novel Target Detection in Clutter Using Joint Bayesian & Generalized Likelihood Tests in Neyman-Pearson De

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $749,942.00
Abstract:
A novel Decision Theoretics algorithm based on cascaded generalized and Bayesian likelihood tests in a Neyman-Pearson detection was demonstrated under Phase-I. OKSI demonstrated EO/IR subpixel target detection, identification, and countermeasure mitigation. The algorithm was tested with the… More

Development of optimal LWIR-to-color RGB transformation mapping based on neural nets using thermal IR hyperspectral imagery of scenes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $69,540.00
Abstract:
OKSI will use hyperspectral data cubes collected at 128 bands within the thermal infrared spectral range of 7 to 14 microns to determine the optimal combination of three or four 1 ¿m wide bands that produce color (RGB) imagery that is most similar to that seen by the human eye. The resulting… More

Piezo Torquer Mechanism for Seeker Gimbal Cost Reduction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $119,874.00
Abstract:
We propose to implement and demonstrate an inexpensive piezo actuator as the torquer for an existing seeker stabilized mount. OKSI will work closely with members of a major missile manufacturer in the US. We are confident this manufacturer's significant s eeker background coupled with OKSI's… More

In-Situ / In-Flight Detection of Fluorescent Proteins Using Imaging Spectroscopy Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,954.00
Abstract:
The proposal addresses technologies relevant to NASA's new Vision for Space Explorations in the areas of robotics, teleoperations, and macro and micro imaging systems, while developing a generic biology research facility.In order to carry out NASA's new vision of exploration and prepare for eventual… More

Rocket engine boundary layer temperature measurements using Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy (CARS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
We propose to design, build, and install a Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy (CARS) system for boundary layer temperature measurements on an existing combustion test stand at Edwards AFB. CARS is an non-intrusive, in-situ laser-based combustion diagnostic for spatially and temporally resolved… More

Very Fast 4-Dimensional Imaging Spectrometer for Intercept Phenomenology & Kill Assessment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
A very high speed 4-dimensional imaging spectrometer is proposed for supporting Kill Assessment measurements. The 4D-IS produces radiometrically calibrated spectral, spatial, and temporal characterization of a target. The particular sensor is designed to resolved the fireball event that is… More

Intelligent Night Scope

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $729,977.00
Abstract:
In today's asymmetric combat and urban operations, clutter and busy scenes complicate the ability of the warfighter to successfully discern suspicious objects and potential threats using standard infrared viewing devices. This project will develop a thermal IR scope/camera that produces enhanced… More

Piezo Torquer Mechanism for Seeker Gimbal Cost Reduction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $729,961.00
Abstract:
OKSI will develop and demonstrate the use of very low cost piezo motors as a mechanism for actuating a two-axis gimbal set for use with an imager. OKSI will demonstrate the ability to track a moving target using these low cost piezo motors based only on imagery produced via the sensor. … More

Rocket engine boundary layer temperature measurements using Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy (CARS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $749,996.00
Abstract:
Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy (CARS) is an in-situ, non-perturbing, laser based combustion diagnostic capable of making single shot, point temperature measurements in harsh environments. Under Phase-I OKSI designed a CARS system, conducted modeling and performance analysis, and built the… More

Very Fast 4-Dimensional Imaging Spectrometer for Intercept Phenomenology & Kill Assessment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $749,990.00
Abstract:
The proposed work addresses the development of a kill assessment sensor suite specifically optimized for the characterization of the prompt plasma flash that results during the body-to-body collision of an intercept event. It is known that the plasma contains all the elements in the target warhead… More

Arcjet facility control and health monitoring using noninvasive diagnostics with response surface paradigm

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
OKSI proposes to implement a set of noninvasive optical diagnostics combined with a simple arcjet response surface model to provide real-time feed back control to the operator to control current and mass flow rates to affect the desired flow conditions. Under Phase-I, OKSI will demonstrate high… More

Freeze motion photography for hypervelocity projectile imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Under Phase-I OKSI will demonstrate at the AEDC G-Range, using low cost off the shelf hardware, a photographic technique that creates double-exposure freeze-motion images of the projectile in a single frame. The two images will be separated by a time delay from microseconds to a few milliseconds,… More

Solid State Focused Schlieren for Hypervelocity Projectile Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
OKSI proposes the use of a CCD imaging system with a customized burst mode clocking scheme that easily meets the imaging speed requirements up to Mach 10 and above. Under Phase-I OKSI will assemble a focused Schlieren system, including a customized CCD camera, lighting, trigger source with delay… More

Fused Color Night Vision Imagery Using Invariant Spectral / Texture Identification within a Bayesian Network.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
The proposal addresses the need for better multi-camera fusion through the development of novel material identification and image processing routines. An innovative spectral/texture algorithm adapted specifically for night vision imagery will be used to segment the scene. Different portions of the… More

OSC Enhancement via Automatic Differentiation for Sensitivity & Uncertainty Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $995,889.00
Abstract:
Accurate and efficient sensitivity and uncertainty analysis tools are needed for modeling and simulation codes. Automatic Differentiation (AD) is a process by which an existing computer model is automatically "enhanced" to provide a complete sensitivity (Jacobian) matrix of all code outputs with… More

Maneuvering boosting missile tracking using agile filters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $99,929.00
Abstract:
Recently Russia has tested several times an improved version of an ICBM (Topol and Topol-M) that are said to be able to penetrate any missile defense system. The proposal addresses the threat posed by such advanced Russian missile technology. The proposed effort is then addressing an extension of… More

Fiber-Based Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
The goal of this project is to demonstrate a fiber-optics based Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy (CARS) system. Fiber delivery will greatly increase the utility of CARS systems for measurements in test propulsion and combustion facilities. Current commercial fiber optics cannot… More

HYPERVISION - Tactical ISR System for Small UAVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
OKSI will implement a single board computer based on a multi-core processor, capable of real-time digital signal processing within the power and size constraints of a UAV the size of the Silver Fox. OKSI's existing hyperspectral band selection algorithm will be ported to this environment. The… More

Autonomous Video-based Navigation for Airborne Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
OKSI's existing autonomous video-based navigation techniques will be upgraded to improve the extraction of platform attitude and altitude from the video imagery. This will be combined with motion vector extraction, which has already been developed, to produce full autonomous capabilities for low… More

General Purpose 3GF Test Station

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
OKSI proposes to design (under Phase-I) and build (under Phase-II) a field deployable, portable, Advanced Plate FLIR system for the testing of DBFM and similar GEN-3 FPAs under real field environment. The system will comprise a repumpable camera with interchangeable daughter cards/clamp assembly… More

Real-Time Algorithms And Systems For Fused True Color Night Vision Imagery.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $719,827.00
Abstract:
The proposal addresses the need for better multi-camera night vision fusion (e.g., low-light-level visible or SWIR with thermal infrared) through the development of systems that produce true-color output in real-time. Fusion algorithms demonstrated in Phase I will be made fully functional in Phase… More

Single Mode Hollow Core Waveguides for Long-Wave Infrared (LWIR) Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Principal Investigator: Jason Kriesel, Dr
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: James Harrington
Abstract:
Spectroscopy in the long-wave infrared (LWIR) wavelength region (8 to 12 µm) is useful for detecting trace chemical compounds, such as those indicative of weapons of mass destruction. To enable the development of field portable systems for anti-proliferation efforts, current spectroscopy systems… More

Fiber-Based Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $471,963.00
Abstract:
Under this Phase II project, OKSI will deliver, install, train AEDC personnel, and demonstrate customized fiber-optics based delivery of lasers for use with CARS and other laser-based propulsion / combustion diagnostics. The overall goal of this project is to improve the diagnostic capabilities at… More

Uncooled Imaging Spectrometer for Plume detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
Based on the CONOPS for gas plume detection, and the performance constraints of uncooled cameras, we propose to develop a dispersive scanning spectrometer, based on OKSI's HyperScan and HyperSWIR family of scanning sensors. Not all uncooled cameras are equal, and not all exhibit the required… More

Passive Tracking of Thrusting Targets from a Single Platform

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Multiple air/space-borne sensors can provide position and range information on boosting missiles enabling estimations of their trajectories and likely points of impact. The earlier a missile's 3D state estimate can be constructed, the sooner the layered Missile Defense System can engage and defeat… More

Periscope mounted hyperspectral sensors for improved situational awareness

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
OKSI will start with sensors it already built to conduct measurements in order to optimize its sensor design and algorithms for use in a submarine mast (Phase I). Subsequently, OKSI will design (Phase I Option) and build (Phase II) a mast-like brassboard based system, which will be tested and… More

Single Mode Hollow Core Waveguides for Long-Wave Infrared (LWIR) Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Principal Investigator: Jason Kriesel, Dr
Award Amount: $750,000.00
RI Contact: James Harrington
Abstract:
Spectroscopy in the long-wave infrared (LWIR) wavelength region (8 to 12

A miniaturized UV/VIS/IR hyperspectral radiometer for autonomous airborne and underwater imaging spectroscopy of coastal and oceanic environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,992.00
Abstract:
Remote sensing of optical properties of oceans and coastal waters provides essential information for various scientific questions and applications, including monitoring biological biomass and productivity, biogeochemical cycling of carbon, pollution, and ecosystem health. OKSI, with the Scripps… More

Infrared Fiber Imaging Bundles Using Hollow Core Waveguides

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Fiber optic imaging bundles have proven extremely useful for enabling the viewing of regions where harsh environmental conditions and/or tight space constraints prevent the use of a close proximity camera. Commercial fiber imaging bundles are typically limited to visible to near-infrared… More

Spectral Imaging Sensor for Improved Biometric and Human Intent Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $119,996.00
Abstract:
The use of spectral imaging data for biometric stress/intent analysis will be investigated. The projectf?Ts ultimate goal is the development of an operational system for remote, real-time characterization of human intent in uncooperative environments. In Phase I, a detailed investigation will be… More

Autonomous Video-based Navigation for Airborne Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President – (310) 756-0520
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
The overall project goal is to develop a video-based autonomous navigation system (VANS) that provides a reliable, accurate backup to GPS for navigation and targeting of guided munitions and platforms. The system consists of video cameras and an inexpensive inertial measurement unit (IMU) along with… More

Spectral Imaging Sensor for Improved Biometric and Human Intent Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jason Kriesel, Principal Investigator – (310) 756-0520
Award Amount: $729,999.00
Abstract:
The project"s ultimate goal is the development of an operational system for non-contact, real-time characterization of human intent in public settings. In Phase II, a snapshot hyperspectral imaging system specifically designed for biometric analysis will be constructed and used to thoroughly… More

Optical Techniques for Hemispherical Situational Awareness

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
OKSI proposes to investigate three different techniques to produce hemispherical situational awareness: (i) an all-optical system, (ii) a miniature, multi-camera system, and (iii) and a hybrid optical/camera system. We will compare each technique in Phase-I using laboratory prototypes assembled… More

Remote Human Identification and Intent Determination from Thermal Infrared Imagery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jason Kriesel, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
Recent advances in thermal infrared sensors and image analysis techniques have opened up the possibility of performing automated covert human identification and intent analysis both day and night. Specific persistent thermal signatures on the face have been proven to provide an unobtrusive, robust… More

General Purpose 3GF Test Station

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President – (310) 756-0520
Award Amount: $779,965.00
Abstract:
OKSI will build and deliver a general purpose test dewar for 3rd Gen dual band FPAs that in-cludes a continuous VariAp, continuous dual band zoom optics, cold and warm filterwheels, and data capture and real time signal processing electronics. The test dewar will accommodate all presently available… More

Spectral Measurement System for Health Monitoring of Liquid Rocket Engines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President – (310) 756-0520
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
OKSI proposes to demonstrate the ability to detect metallic species in a hydrocarbon fueled liquid rocket engine (LRE) using high resolution emission spectroscopy. The detection of metallic species is an indication of engine wear and an early precursor to a catastrophic failure. During Phase-I,… More

Manufacturing of high-efficiency gratings for imaging spectrometry

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President – (310) 756-0520
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
OKSI will produce in Phase-I high efficiency gratings for imaging spectroscopy. These gratings will be characterized using interferometry, optical microscopy, atomic force and scanning electron microscopy, to demonstrate the grating sub-micron accuracy and nanometer surface quality. The grating… More

Modular Architecture for the Enhancement of Multispectral and Hyperspectral Data Products

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President – (310) 756-0520
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
OKSI proposes to develop a modular architecture to support the fusion of multiple imaging data products to provide enhanced spatial and temporal resolution of the overall fused image product. The software toolkit utilizes pan sharpening and temporal upsampling algorithms to fuse all data products… More

Passive Tracking of Thrusting Targets from a Single Platform

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President – (310) 756-0520
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
Multiple air/space-borne sensors can provide position and range information on boosting missiles enabling estimations of their trajectories and likely points of impact. The earlier a missile"s 3D state estimate can be constructed, the sooner the layered Missile Defense System can engage and… More

Periscope mounted hyperspectral sensors for improved situational awareness

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President – (310) 756-0520
Award Amount: $599,994.00
Abstract:
OKSI will assemble a suite of VNIR / SWIR hyperspectral sensors, ancillary sensors for meteorology, spectro-radiometrically calibrated light sources, and panels painted with Navy colors and camouflage. Radiative transfer measurements will be conducted for horizontal path just above the water under… More

Manufacturing of high-efficiency gratings for imaging spectrometry

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President – (310) 756-0520
Award Amount: $749,997.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: We have successfully demonstrated under Phase-I the production of an improved convex blazed grating for hyperspectral imaging. The grating topology has been thoroughly characterized, grating efficiency measured and the grating performance -- in an imaging spectrometer -- fully… More

Spectral Measurement System for Health Monitoring of Liquid Rocket Engines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President – (310) 756-0520
Award Amount: $696,970.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The next generation military and commercial space lift systems will utilize reusable, fly-back first stage boosters to reduce cost. These systems must be quickly turned around for subsequent missions. Reliable, nonintrusive, optical measurements to enhance engine health monitoring are… More

Optical Techniques for Hemispherical Situational Awareness

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President – (310) 756-0520
Award Amount: $729,973.00
Abstract:
The ultimate objective of this project is to develop and demonstrate an intelligent hemispherical Situational Awareness (SA) system for armored vehicles. The SA system will provide a high resolution, low latency view of the scene around the vehicle. The view provided is equivalent to a soldier being… More

Space Based HyperVideo: Agile Broadband, Multi- Hyper-Spectral Imager

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President – (310) 756-0520
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: We are proposing to demonstrate a spectrally agile HyperVideo sensor that can be reconfigured on the fly to produce imagery comprised of broadband, multi-spectral, hyperspectral, or any combination thereof, in the SWIR/MWIR range. Imagery will be produced at full FPA spatial resolution… More

HyperVideo: Broadband, Multi-&Hyper-Spectral Agile Imager

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Nahum Gat, President – (310) 756-0520
Award Amount: $99,252.00
Abstract:
Present multi-/hyper-spectral imagers that function at video frame rates must sacrifice either spatial or spectral resolution in order to"unwrap"the scene and project the data cube onto the focal plane array. Warfighters, however, are accustomed to, and do not want to give up… More

SOAR - Stereo Obstacle Avoidance Rig

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Scott Foes, Senior Scientist – (310) 756-0520
Award Amount: $79,999.00
Abstract:
The ultimate goal of the SOAR program is to develop robust hardware and algorithms for low light, passive terrain sensing. The SOAR system will provide the Navy, other DoD agencies, and even consumers with a solution for real-time obstacle avoidance for large and small airborne platforms. During… More