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Automated Feature Extraction from Hyperspectral Imagery

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Visual Learning Systems, Inc.
1719 Dearborn Avenue Missoula, MT 59801-2391
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Automated Feature Extraction from Hyperspectral Imagery
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNC06CB48C
Award Amount: $70,000.00


In response to NASA Topic S7.01, Visual Learning Systems, Inc. (VLS) will develop a novel hyperspectral plug-in toolkit for its award winning Feature AnalystREG software that will (a) leverage VLS' proven algorithms to provide a new, simple, and long-awaited approach to materials classification from hyperspectral imagery (HSI), and (b) improve state-of-the-art Feature Analyst's automated feature extraction (AFE) capabilities by effectively incorporating detailed spectral information into its extraction process. HSI techniques, such as spectral end-member classification, can provide effective materials classification; however, current methods are slow (or manual), cumbersome, complex for analysts, and are limited to materials classification only. Feature Analyst, on the other hand has a simple workflow of (a) an analyst providing a few examples (e.g., pixels of a certain material) and (b) an advanced software agent classifying the rest of the imagery based on the examples. This simple yet powerful approach will be used as a new paradigm for materials classification. In addition, Feature Analyst uses, along with spectral information, feature characteristics such as spatial association, size, shape, texture, pattern, and shadow in its generic AFE process. Incorporating the best spectral classifier techniques with the best AFE approach promises to greatly increase the usefulness and applicability of HSI

Principal Investigator:

Stuart Blundell
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

David Opitz
Business Official
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Visual Learning Systems, Inc.
1719 Dearborn Ave Missoula, MT 59801

EIN/Tax ID: 810529309
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No