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Building Recognition by Function

Award Information

Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
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Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
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Small Business Information
28 Corporate Drive Clifton Park, NY -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Building Recognition by Function
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W91CRB-10-C-0098
Award Amount: $749,406.00


The goal of BLUE is to identify the function or purpose of buildings using persistant surveillance video such as Constant Hawk or Angel Fire. In Phase 1, we developed preliminary algorithms demonstrating that functional recognition of buildings and other scene elements such as parking spots and doorways is possible, using both supervised and unsupervised techniques to define functional models of building and scene element categories. On Phase 2 we plan to enhance the unsupervised method with elements of the supervised method; extend the set of track features; add comprehensive scene modeling to include relations between scene elements and buildlings; address outstanding research issues such as dealing with poor quality tracks; and test extensively on wide-area video. The resulting algorithms will be implemented in a prototype system integrated with our video processing framework, andsuitable for transitioning into operations.

Principal Investigator:

Anthony Hoogs
Director of Computer Vision
(518) 881-4910

Business Contact:

Yvette Fitzgerald
Contracts Specialist
(518) 371-3971
Small Business Information at Submission:

28 Corporate Drive Clifton Park, NY -

EIN/Tax ID: 141802694
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Pennsylvania
220 South 33rd Street
107 Towne Building
Philadelphia, PA 19104-
Contact: Mark West
Contact Phone: (215) 898-3150