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Theory and Application of Foveated Acquisition and Tracking (TAFAT)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
82100
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-155-0485
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
21st Century Technologies Inc.
6011 West Courtyard Drive Bldg 5, Suite 300 Austin, TX -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Theory and Application of Foveated Acquisition and Tracking (TAFAT)
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8651-07-M-0189
Award Amount: $99,993.00
 

Abstract:

The proposed Theory and Application of Foveated Acquisition and Tracking (TAFAT) effort will develop both the theory and the application of target acquisition, tracking, and recognition for high-speed digitally foveating cameras. Digitally foveating cameras offer fundamentally new capabilities that can improve the performance of military and commercial automatic targeting systems, but formal first-principles analysis is lacking for their application to the rapid acquisition, tracking, and recognition of multiple targets. As a result, state-of-the-art techniques for foveated targeting are too simple and brittle. TAFAT will build the theoretic foundation for the use of foveated targeting systems, and principled methodologies for optimizing their performance, through a set of studies. It will use those studies to guide the development of the new robust techniques described in our proposal for foveated image formation, fovea placement, fovea shaping, resolution transitions, acquisition, tracking, and recognition. TAFAT will provide high-performance foveated tracking systems of practical use to the United States Armed Forces by jointly addressing the theoretic and practical barriers described above. TAFAT leverages 21st Century Technologies' existing foveated camera control and algorithm evaluation framework, as well as the recognized expertise in foveated image processing of our consultant, Professor Alan C. Bovik.

Principal Investigator:

Thayne Coffman
Principal Scientist
5123420010
tcoffman@21technologies.com

Business Contact:

Irene Williams
COO
5123420010
SBIR_ADMIN@21technologies.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

21ST CENTURY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
4515 Seton Center Parkway, Suite 320 Austin, TX 78759

EIN/Tax ID: 541719551
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No