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Landing Zones Identification (LZI)

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
American GNC Corporation
888 Easy Street Simi Valley, CA 93065-1812
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Landing Zones Identification (LZI)
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA8651-13-M-0095
Award Amount: $149,994.00


The objective of this project is to provide the Office of the Secretary of Defense a landing zones determination system for small autonomous air vehicles. The AGNC approach involves the use of EO sensors to effect video data collection and processing for determination of scene constituent elements and objects of interest directly impacting the goal of landing zones determination. The algorithmic aims are structured to accomplish an image perception and understanding framework that results in the synergistic interplay of segmentation and classification algorithms that result in the isolation of the scene constituent elements so that the possible presence of landing zones among them is revealed. The utilized data processing techniques involve both deterministic and probabilistic considerations. Scene segmentation and objects detection algorithms are evaluated as to their effectiveness in accomplishing the automatic realization of the goal of landing zones determination within the context of an overall competing array of other terrain elements and objects in the scene.

Principal Investigator:

Tasso Politopoulos
Chief Scientist
(805) 582-0582

Business Contact:

Emily Melgarejo
Director of Contracts
(805) 582-0582
Small Business Information at Submission:

American GNC Corporation
888 Easy Street Simi Valley, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 911320359
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No