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Company Information:

Company Name:
SIGNAL PROCESSING INC
Address:
13619 VALLEY OAK CIR
ROCKVILLE, MD 20850-3572
Phone:
(240) 505-2641
URL:
N/A
EIN:
134320631
DUNS:
620282256
Number of Employees:
15
Woman-Owned?:
Yes
Minority-Owned?:
Yes
HUBZone-Owned?:
No

Commercialization:

Has been acquired/merged with?:
N/A
Has had Spin-off?:
N/A
Has Had IPO?:
N/A
Year of IPO:
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Has Patents?:
N/A
Number of Patents:
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Total Sales to Date $:
$ 0.00
Total Investment to Date $
$ 0.00
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Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,487,986.00 24
SBIR Phase II $4,469,011.00 6
STTR Phase I $439,998.00 5
STTR Phase II $1,249,999.00 2

Award List:

High Performance and Portable Electronic Dog-Nose with Fluctuation-Enhanced Sensing and Prompt Bacterium-Identifier Option

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,999.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Vice President
Abstract:
We propose a high performance and portable system that incorporates a newly developed technique known as fluctuation enhanced sensing (FES) to enhance commercial off the shelf (COTS) sensors. First, besides the mean (steady state) sensor value, we will use a low noise amplifier to enlarge the small… More

A Novel Speech Separation Approach for Enhanced Speaker Identification and Speech Recognition

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Chief Technology Officer
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF MARYLAND
RI Contact:
Carol Espy-Wilson
Abstract:
In order to improve the performance of speaker identification and speech recognition, we need an integrated approach. We propose a novel approach that addresses all of the above challenges in a unified framework. First, we propose to apply microphone arrays (1-D, 2-D or 3-D) to acquire speech… More

A Novel Wireless Sensor Network with Advanced Prognostic Algorithms for Condition Based Maintenance of Critical Power Plant Components

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
The ability to accurately predict the early stages of failure and the remaining useful life of critical power plant components (such as bearings, turbines, and rotor disks) is critical for affordable system operation and for enhanced system safety. Usually, failures go through a series of… More

SBIR Phase I: Flexible and High Performance Biometric Tools for Small-to-Medium Scale Identification Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,999.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I research project proposes a library of low-cost, flexible, and high performance biometric tools that target the small- and medium-sized business market. These tools, comprising both hardware -- low-cost fingerprint device and microphone, and… More

A High Performance Imaging and Target Discrimination System Using SAR and ISAR

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Chief Technology Officer
Research Institution:
U. TEXAS PAN AMERICAN
RI Contact:
Junfei Li
Abstract:
We propose a high performance, automated, and novel framework to behind-the-wall imaging and target discrimination. Our system has two paths: 1) stationary target detection using SAR images; 2) moving target detection using ISAR images. For the SAR imaging part, we first propose to apply high… More

A Novel Speech Separation Approach for Enhanced Speaker Identification and Speech Recognition

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / STTR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$500,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Chief Technology Officer
Research Institution:
U. MARYLAND
RI Contact:
Carol Espy-Wilson
Abstract:
In order to improve the performance of speaker identification, voiceprint matching, and speech recognition in noisy and clutter (multiple-speaker cocktail party) environment, we need an integrated approach. In this project, we propose a novel approach that addresses this challenging problem in a… More

A High Performance Framework for Radar Clutter Suppression, Target Tracking and Identification

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Chief Technology Officer
Abstract:
We propose a high performance system for clutter suppression, target tracking, and identification. First, we propose a novel clutter rejection approach that applies an adaptive subspace projection algorithm. As compared to conventional clutter suppression methods, our adaptive clutter rejection… More

High Performance and Portable Electronic Dog-Nose with Fluctuation-Enhanced Sensing and Prompt Bacterium-Identifier Option

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$730,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Chief Technology Officer
Abstract:
We plan to achieve the following Phase II tasks. First, we will carry out nano-sensor performance analysis for the new nano-tube sensor idea developed in Phase I. Second, we will implement a real-time portable chemical/biological agent detection system "Electronic Dog Nose" (EDN) with… More

SBIR Phase I: Novel Spatial Speech Separation Techniques to Improve Speaker Identification and Speech Recognition

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,999.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I research project focuses on a novel approach that uses multiple microphones to spatially separate speech and hence enhance speaker identification and speech recognition accuracy. The first component of the project will apply feature-driven… More

A Novel Wireless Sensor Network with Advanced Prognostic Algorithms for Condition Based Maintenance of Critical Power Plant Components

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
Improving efficiency, reducing emissions, and reducing costs are key objectives of power plants. The achievement of these objectives will require the development of two mutually dependent functions: distributed data acquisition and real-time data interpretation. This project will combine a… More

A High Performance Framework for Radar Clutter Suppression, Target Tracking and Identification

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$1,000,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Chief Technology Officer
Abstract:
Detection, tracking, and identification of dim targets are challenging for the following reasons. First, MDA radars encounter strong clutter due to chaff and decoys. The manmade clutter can be non-Gaussian, non-stationary, and unpredictable. Second, the distance between radar and a target can be… More

A Novel and High Performance System for Enhancing Speech in Helmet

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,999.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
We propose a highly innovative system for enhancing speech in helmet. First, we propose to apply a circular array with 8 microphones that are inside the helmet. In our past studies, it was found that circular arrays have better directivity than linear arrays. The use of 8 microphones achieves a… More

A Novel and High Performance Change Detection Algorithm for Hyperspectral Images

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,999.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Chief Technology Officer
Research Institution:
U. Tennessee Knoxville
RI Contact:
Hairong Qi
Abstract:
Large format data such as hyperspectral images contain a lot of information about various targets. Subpixel detection is now achievable. As a result, these images are becoming popular in military surveillance reconnaissance operations. However, one serious limitation of hyperspectral images is that… More

A Novel and High Performance Noise Cancellation Device for Battlefield Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$80,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Chief Technology Officer
Abstract:
We propose a novel, high performance, and standalone system for improving close air support (CAS) effectiveness. First, we propose a standalone noise cancellation device (NCD) that can be inserted between the handset and the transceiver. As a result, there is no change to the existing communication… More

High Performance Intelligent Controller for Systems with Unknown Dynamics

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$98,999.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Chief Technology Officer
Abstract:
The first generation of intelligent control applications was for systems with unknown dynamics, with on-line learning of the neural network weights. The second generation of intelligent control applications has generally provided off-line design methods that first solve the optimal design equations,… More

Electrostatic, Non-Fluorescent, Fluctuation Enhanced, Bacterium Spore Analyzer

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,999.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Chief Technology Officer
Abstract:
This SBIR project, by utilizing the principle of Fluctuation-Enhanced Sensing (FES), aims to explore the potential of enhancing the sensitivity and selectivity of electrostatic bacterium spore analyzers, specifically Ion Mobility Spectrometers (IMS) and Mass Spectrometers (MS). We propose a high… More

A Novel and Integrated Framework for Sensor Registration and Sensor Management

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Chief Technology Officer
Abstract:
In the registration part, the goal is to eliminate sensor biases and yield an accurate and integrated picture of the target tracks. In the sensor management part, the goal is to use a limited number of sensors to achieve certain tasks (e.g., accurate fire control) without using computationally… More

An Event-driven Approach to Efficient Summarization, Visualization, and Browsing of Massive Combat Video Database

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Chief Technology Officer
Abstract:
We propose a systematic solution to the problem of efficient summarization, visualization, and browsing of large combat video archives. Our approach is event-driven: spatio-temporal saliency is used to define significant visual events, which is in turn used in an event-based video model to partition… More

A High Performance Approach to Minimizing Interactions between Inbound and Outbound Signals in Helmet

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,999.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
We propose a high performance approach to enhancing communications between astronauts. In the new generation of NASA audio systems for astronauts, inbound signals may interfere with outbound signals and create an annoying positive feedback during communications. Our objective is to eliminate the… More

A Fast Detection and Localization Approach to Monitoring Cables in Underground Power Distribution Network

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,999.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
Short-circuit and arcing faults commonly occur in underground power networks. Short-circuit normally occur at distribution feeders. Consolidated Edison of New York (Con Edison) experiences more than 1600 failures on its distribution feeders each year. Arcing faults also occur frequently in power… More

High Performance Signal Processing Tools with Fluctuation-Enhanced Sensing

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$90,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan – (301) 294-5238
Abstract:
We propose a high performance library of signal processing tools that incorporate a newly developed technique known as fluctuation enhanced sensing (FES) to enhance the novel microsensor developed at NIST. Our goal is to improve the performance of the NIST sensor from two angles. One is to apply our… More

Real-Time Smart Tools for Processing Spectroscopy Data

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,999.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Principal Investigator
Research Institution:
U. Tennessee
RI Contact:
Hairong Qi
Abstract:
We propose novel and real-time smart software tools to process spectroscopy data. Material abundance or compositional maps will be generated for rover guidance, sample selection, and other scientific missions. First, we propose a novel anomaly detector called clustered kernel Reed-Xiaoli (CKRX)… More

A High Performance Approach to Improving Auscultation Capability in Noisy Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,999.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Some commercial auscultation devices pick up all sounds without filtering out the background noise. Although the electronic stethoscopes made by 3M and Thinklab have some simple built-in filters, those filters cannot differentiate important internal body sounds from interfering background noise.… More

A Novel, Flexible, and Comprehensive System for Mission Prioritized Lossless Data Compression

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Chief Technology Officer – (240) 505-2641
Research Institution:
University of Texas at Arlington
RI Contact:
Qilian Liang
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The test and evaluation (T & E) mission in complex test facilities results in large amounts of data. Moreover, the data may have different characteristics, including images from particle image velocimetry data, air flow data, etc. Finally, some of the data may come from a network of… More

A Novel and Fast Approach for Scalable Matrix Completion

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,998.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Chief Technology Officer – (240) 505-2641
Abstract:
Matrix completion has many applications such as link recovery, data mining, image reconstruction, etc. We propose a novel algorithm to solve the above mentioned matrix completion problem. In particular, we have derived a novel framework to approximate the rank by another function. This novel… More

Intelligent Decision Agent (IDA) for Automated Mission Planning

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$150,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Chief Technology Officer – (240) 505-2641
Abstract:
Advanced Mission Management (AMM) requires Automated Mission Planning (AMP) capability that, in turn, dictates the need to have tools for intelligent fusion of multi-source data for situational awareness, human-like reasoning for optimal mission plans (course-of-action (COA)) determination, and… More

A Novel and High Performance Noise Cancellation Device for Battlefield Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,999.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Chief Technology Officer – (240) 505-2641
Abstract:
We propose a novel, high performance, and standalone system for improving close air support (CAS) effectiveness. We have several important elements. First, we propose a standalone noise cancellation device (NCD) that can be inserted between the handset and the transceiver. That is, the handset… More

Real-Time Smart Tools for Processing Spectroscopy Data

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / STTR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,999.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Principal Investigator
Research Institution:
U. Tennessee
RI Contact:
Hairong Qi
Abstract:
Since Mars rovers have limited life span, NASA wants to maximize the exploration activities during this period. Rock sample analysis is one of the main tasks of rover missions. Traditionally, rock selection is decided by human operators. Due to long communication delay, manual selection process is… More

High Performance and Accurate Change Detection System for HyspIRI Missions

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$124,999.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
We propose novel and high performance change detection algorithms to process HyspIRI data, which have been used for monitoring changes in vegetation, climate, coastal and ocean ecosystems, urban areas, etc. First, we propose a novel hybrid in-scene atmospheric correction (H-ISAC) algorithm, which… More

Unpowered Wireless Ultrasound Generation and Sensing for Structural Health Monitoring of Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$125,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Damage detection based on ultrasonic waves is one of the most popular inspection schemes employed by many structural health monitoring (SHM) systems. We propose a novel unpowered wireless ultrasound generation and sensing system for SHM. Since ultrasonic signals generally have a frequency of a few… More

A Novel and Locally Adaptive Approach to Correlating Multiple IR Sensors Using Partial Frames

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Chief Technology Officer – (240) 505-2641
Abstract:
Correlating multiple IR sensors is challenging because IR images may have different sizes, different poses, different illuminations, and different translations. Moreover, the IR images may not be perfectly aligned even after image registration. We propose a novel and high performance system for… More

A Novel Approach to Listener Performance Modeling for Aircraft Detection in Urban Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,999.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Chief Technology Officer – (240) 505-2641
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: In this proposal, we first extend the notion of speech reception threshold (SRT) to aircraft sound reception threshold (ASRT). In speech recognition, SRT refers to the mixture signal to noise ratio (SNR) required to achieve a certain intelligibility score, typically 50%. SRT is used to… More

A Novel Unsupervised Audio Clustering Approach in Noisy Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$80,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Chief Technology Officer – (240) 505-2641
Abstract:
Detection of conversations in a noisy environment is challenging. We propose the following novel framework for audio clustering. First, we propose to apply computational auditory scene analysis (CASA) as a front-end to separate speech signals from non-speech background noise. Inspired by auditory… More

A Novel and Fast Approach for Scalable Matrix Completion

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$489,012.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Chief Technology Officer – (240) 505-2641
Abstract:
In Phase I, we developed a novel matrix completion framework for recovering randomly missing pixels in images. Extensive simulations were performed using actual images from LADAR (18 images) and electro-optical images (23 images). We achieved high performance reconstruction even for missing rates as… More

Intelligent Proxies for Automated Mission Planning

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Chief Technology Officer – (240) 505-2641
Abstract:
In Phase 2, our Phase 1 version of the Automated Mission Planning System (AMPS) will be modified and expanded to generate contingency plans to handle unexpected problems such as popup threats or electrical and mechanical failures in UAV/UCAVs. The new software system must be adaptive and can react… More

A High Performance System With Explicit Incorporation of ATC Regulations to Generate Contingency Plans for UAVs with Lost Communication

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$124,999.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
We propose a comprehensive and systematic contingency plan generation framework to deal with lost communication in UAVs. ATC regulations are explicitly incorporated into our system. Our proposed framework was motivated by our recent work for the Naval Air Station at Patuxent River. In should be… More

A Labview System with Novel and Advanced Prognostic Tools

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$125,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Chiman Kwan, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
We propose a portable data acquisition and prognostic system that contains both hardware and software with several innovative ideas. First, our hardware system consists of a high speed data acquisition card and a portable lunchbox PC. The portable lunchbox PC has advanced prognostics algorithms and… More