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Adaptive, Automated Real-time Event/Target Detection using Supervised Learning

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Department of Defense
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2012 / SBIR
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Vecna Technologies Inc.
6404 Ivy Lane Suite 500 Greenbelt, MD -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Adaptive, Automated Real-time Event/Target Detection using Supervised Learning
Agency: DOD
Contract: N68335-12-C-0230
Award Amount: $150,000.00


Human operators must closely monitor video for simultaneous situational awareness and threat assessment. For instance, urban environments in a state of constant activity generate numerous visual cues, each of which must be examined so that potential security breaches do not go unnoticed. The need for constant vigilance places a significant burden on the human operator, invariably leading to fatigue and lapses in attention span. Vecna Robotics proposes a video event detection software tool, known as AESOP, that automatically detects time critical events in real-time. AESOP learns new events using a programming by example. With this technique, the analyst teaches the software tool new events by demonstrating actions on concrete examples. Once trained, AESOP processes incoming video and proactively identifies user-defined events in real-time while also indexing the video to simplify forensic analysis. Using state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms, the system identifies and tracks all targets in the scene. Characteristic features for each target are extracted over time yielding feature trajectories which are then efficiently matched to the trained event trajectories. An easy-to-use user interface allows the analyst to visualize and confirm detected events quickly. Furthermore, AESOP"s accuracy can improve by incorporating the confirmed detected events into the training set.

Principal Investigator:

Neal Checka
Senior Research Scientist
(617) 674-8545

Business Contact:

Michael Bearman
VP/General Counsel
(240) 965-4500
Small Business Information at Submission:

Vecna Technologies Inc.
6404 Ivy Lane Suite 500 Greenbelt, MD -

EIN/Tax ID: 522152399
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No