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Company Information:

Name: ALPHATECH, INC.
Address: 6 New England Executive Park
Burlington, MA 01803
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
URL: N/A
Phone: (781) 273-3388

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $11,701,927.00 145
SBIR Phase II $48,946,737.00 72
STTR Phase I $537,950.00 7
STTR Phase II $990,908.00 2

Award List:

ALGORITHMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1983 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Dr. john shaw/james c. de , PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Award Amount: $34,000.00
Abstract:
This proposal is for the design of an advanced interactive user interface for optimization algorithms. this immediate effort will assess whether new relational data base management methods and interactive graphics can be integrated with selected optimization algorithms to make mathematical models… More

ALPHATECH, INC.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1984 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. douglas p. looze
Award Amount: $49,448.00
Abstract:
Alphatech, inc. proposes to develop an integrated decentralized multivariable control system design methodology for problems related to the robust real-time control of very large flexible space structures (vlfss). a crucial need exists for the definition of a superior architecture of such control… More

COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN TECHNIQUES FOR AUTOMATED TEST PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1984 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Krishna R. Pattipati , Technical Staff Member
Award Amount: $40,000.00

THE PROPOSED RESEARCH CONSTITUTES A FIRST STEP IN THE UTILIZATION OF ALPHATECH'S DISPLAY DESIGN METHODOLOGY TO DEVELOP IMPROVED DISPLAYSYSTEMS FOR AIR CREWS IN TERRAIN FOLLOWING FLIGHT.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr jonathan korn
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
The proposed research constitutes a first step in the utilization of alphatech's display design methodology to develop improved displaysystems for air crews in terrain following flight. it involves an analytical effort at alphatech, and an experimental validation at the university of connecticut.… More

UNIFIED SYMBOLIC AND NUMERICAL PROCESSING FOR AIRBORNE SURVEILLANCE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Kurien
Award Amount: $49,978.00

COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN TECHNIQUES FOR AUTOMATED TEST PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Krishna R. Pattipati , Technical Staff Member
Award Amount: $190,000.00
Abstract:
The development of computer-aided design techniques for automated test program development is proposed. the approach will be to view the test program development process as consisting of equipment modeling, functional test sequencing, test pattern generation and sequencing, test verification, and… More

ALPHATECH PROPOSES TO DEVELOP INNOVATIVE ALGORITHMS FOR AIRBORNE MULTI-SPECTRAL COUNTERMEASURE MANAGEMENT BUILT UPON OUR PREVIOUSLY DEVELOPED ADVANCED ALGORITHMS FOR ELECTRONIC COUNTERMEASURE (ECM) POWER MANAGEMENT FOR USE AGAINST GROUND-BASE AIR DEFENSE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr john j shaw
Award Amount: $49,998.00
Abstract:
Alphatech proposes to develop innovative algorithms for airborne multi-spectral countermeasure management built upon our previously developed advanced algorithms for electronic countermeasure (ecm) power management for use against ground-base air defense threats. these algorithms determine optimal… More

UNIFIED SYMBOLIC AND NUMERICAL PROCESSING FOR AIRBORNE SURVEILLANCE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Kurien
Award Amount: $271,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this research is to prove the feasibility of using a novel approach of combined symbolic and numerical information processing to aid e-2c operators to carry out their surveillance mission. due to the vast amout of surveillance data that needs to be processed, e-c2 operators face a… More

PROCESSING ALGORITHMS FOR SENSORS FUSION IN VISIBLE/IR/RADAR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Thomas kurien
Award Amount: $51,969.00
Abstract:
The objective of this research is to demonstrate the feasibility of fusing data obtained simultaneously from visible, infrared and radar sensors, to provide a heretofore unobtainable surveillance capability.the difficulties assocaited with sensor fusion which will be addressedinclude the different… More

TECHNIQUES FOR OPTION GENERATION IN DECISION MAKING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Jean Macmillan
Award Amount: $52,133.00
Abstract:
The proposed phase i research will build on alphatech's theoretical work on the generation of critical options in tactical planning and alphatech's practical experience observing planning deficiencies in field exercises. both normative theory and descriptions of actual planning behavior will be used… More

AN ITERATIVE MODELING APPROACH TO ARCHITECTURE EVALUATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: William S Powell
Award Amount: $52,135.00
Abstract:
Alphatech's iterative modeling methodology (aimm) develops a system representation by using a team-based approach to developing a series of chart-based models of the system within the context of an appropriate scenario; this set of chart-based models culminates with a petri net representation which… More

STOCHASTIC TIMED ATTRIBUTED PETRI NET (STAPN) MODELING OF C(3) NETWORKS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kendra Moore
Award Amount: $52,152.00
Abstract:
The objective of this research is to determine the feasibility of using the stochastic, timed, attributed petri net (stapn) methodology to describe and analyze alternative naval c3 architectures. the us navy is in the process of developing c3 architectures to support the navy's mission and… More

E-3 SENSOR DATA FUSION ALGORITHM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Thomas Kurien
Award Amount: $50,839.00

THE EFFECTS OF TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE FACTORS ON RAPID TACTICAL DECISION MAKING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Jean Macmillan
Award Amount: $52,470.00

THE EFFECTS OF TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE FACTORS ON RAPID TACTICAL DECISION MAKING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Jean Macmillan
Award Amount: $497,180.00
Abstract:
This sbir proposal discusses the development of a theory of tactical decision making expertise, based on existing literature and interviews with key military personnel. our central theoretical idea is that expert tactical commanders have a mental model of the battle situation that differs in… More

E-3 SENSOR DATA FUSION ALGORITHM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Thomas Kurien
Award Amount: $345,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this research is to develop and demonstrate an algorithm for e-3 airborne surveillance which will fuse data from multiple sensors including a radar, an iff, and an esm to track and identify multiple targets. the current e-3 surveillance system has a radar and an iff system. hostile… More

NEURAL NETWORKS APPLIED TO GAAS PROCESS CONTROL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of the phase i research effort will be to demonstrate the feasibility of using gaas crystal radius estimates, obtained by applying neural network techniques to process video imagery, for real time control of the liquid-encapsulated czochralski (lec) process. a crystal radius estimate… More

HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERFACE FOR MACHINE-AIDED TARGET ACQUISITION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Jean Macmillan , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $49,998.00

MULTI-RESOLUTION IMAGE FUSION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert Tenney , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $50,290.00

MULTI-RESOLUTION IMAGE FUSION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert Tenney , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $312,000.00
Abstract:
Two significant trends in image processing technology offer revolutionary performance improvements for a variety of air force applications. one is the development of data fusion algorithms which operate directly on video data from a sensor, as opposed to conventional techniques which detect point… More

HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERFACE FOR MACHINE-AIDED TARGET ACQUISITION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Jean Macmillan , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $494,496.00
Abstract:
The proposed phase i research will build on alphatech's combined expertise in multisensor data fusion algorithms and in human engineering for command and control systems. the goal of phase i will be to understand and define the most critical issues for the display of miiltisensor target tracking and… More

SECURITY-CONSTRAINED UNIT COMMITMENT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Dr John J Shaw
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of the research is to develop scheduling algorithms for electric generation that account directly forsystem security requirements. virtually all algorithms in use currently do not optimize generating unit commitment decisions against security requirements from the outset and yield,… More

ACCURATE LOW SAMPLE RATE TRACKING OF HIGHLY MANEUVERING TARGETS USING H-TO INFINITY- NONLINEAR FILTERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Haralampos Tsaknakis
Award Amount: $50,931.00
Abstract:
This exploratory development proposal addresses a class of novel algorithms specifically designed for tracking and engaging maneuvering air, naval or ground targets. The key technical innovation is the development of linear and nonlinear target tracking algorithms using the recent results in… More

DIRECTED ENERGY LASAR WEAPON TARGET ASSIGNMENT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ronald M. Jones
Award Amount: $48,015.00
Abstract:
The objective of the research is to develop and demonstrate directed energy weapon (dew) fire control algorithms for ballistic missile defense. earlier reseach conducted by alphatech, inc., for the air force rome air devleopment center (radc) demonstrated that the simulated boost-phase leakage… More

WAVELETS AND FAILURE PREDICTION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: James Deckert
Award Amount: $49,857.00

MULTISCALE TARGET DETECTION IN SAR IMAGERY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Robert Washburn, Jr.
Award Amount: $50,911.00

Condition-Based Machinery Maintenance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James C. Deckert
Award Amount: $48,598.00

Multi-resolution Wavelet Image Tracking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas G. Allen
Award Amount: $50,903.00

Mobile Surveillance Systems (NBS) Performance: Analytical Capability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ms. Kendra Moore
Award Amount: $48,804.00

WAVELETS AND FAILURE PREDICTION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: James Deckert
Award Amount: $284,390.00
Abstract:
New techniques have been developed over the past 36 months that offer siginificant potential for on-board monitoring of mechanical systems to detect and classify incipent failures. many are based on the wavelet transform, and its extension to the wave packets transform. all provide a means to… More

Condition-Based Machinery Maintenance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James C. Deckert
Award Amount: $350,000.00
Abstract:
Three new techniques have been developed over the past 36 months that offer significant potential for on-board monitoring of mechanical systems to detect and classify incipient failures. The first is the wavelet transform, and its extension to wave packets, as a means for isolating changes in signal… More

Mobile Surveillance Systems (NBS) Performance: Analytical Capability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ms. Kendra Moore
Award Amount: $537,274.00
Abstract:
The objective of this research is to determine the feasibility of using advanced Petri iiet technology to analyze the performance of large-scale sensor and C3 (i.e., C3I) systems. The US Navy is developing future C3I systems to support its mission and fundamental warfare tasks. The decision of which… More

SAR/ISAR REAL TIME IMAGE PROCESSING FOR AIR ASW PLATFORMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas G. Allen
Award Amount: $50,825.00
Abstract:
Using SAR/ISAR imagery to detect and classify small targets in cluttered environments for ASW applications requires careful examination of the full array of image processing, computer vision, and related methods in order to identify those that are well-matched to the problem and thus offer promise… More

Linking Cognitive Styles to Instructional Strategies for Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Elliot Entin
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Computer-based instruction offers the opportunity to increase training efficiency by adapting training to the individual needs and characteristics of the operator, but insight is needed into how to make the best use of this potential. ALPHATECH proposes to design (In Phase I) and develop (in Phase… More

Applications of Neural Networks to Command Centers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jean Macmillan
Award Amount: $93,350.00

MULTISCALE TARGET DETECTION IN SAR IMAGERY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Robert Washburn, Jr.
Award Amount: $351,151.00
Abstract:
There are strong motivations for the development of new signal, image, and data processing algorithms that are well-matched to atr problems and thus offer promise in exploiting the specific spatio-temporal characteristics that distinguish targets of interest from environmental clutter. in this… More

Applications of Neural Networks to Command Centers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jean Macmillan
Award Amount: $586,950.00
Abstract:
Continuing increases in computing capability present numerous opportunities to assist the staff of a command center as they analyze enemy operations, construct and evaluate courses of action, and monitor the execution of the selected option. Nowhere are these opportunities more critical than in the… More

Computer Tools for Complex System Design

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ms Kendra Moore
Award Amount: $94,997.00
Abstract:
This project will assess the feasibility of developing a method and integrated toolset to represent, design, and evaluate the behavior of large, complex, a real-time Naval systems. ALPHATECH has developed an interactive graphical simulation tool, called Modeler, which supports complex systems design… More

EVALUATION TECHNIQUES FOR ADAPTIVE OPTICS CONTROL SYSTEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Sol W. Gully
Award Amount: $49,999.00

MILITARY AIRLIFT COMMAND (MAC) COMMAND, CONTROL, AND COMMUNICATIONS (C3) SYSTEM ASSESMENT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ms. Kendra Moore
Award Amount: $47,431.00

Human performance issues in automatic target recognition and situation awareness displays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr.jean Macmillan
Award Amount: $97,751.00

Multi-resolution Wavelet Image Tracking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas G. Allen
Award Amount: $566,377.00
Abstract:
The introduction of a whole new class of transform methods, notably the wavelet transforms, which permit decomposition of observed phenomena into different physical scales and the computational leverage provided by multiscale image processing tech- niques, when applied to multisensor Lmage data,… More

EVALUATION TECHNIQUES FOR ADAPTIVE OPTICS CONTROL SYSTEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Sol W. Gully
Award Amount: $705,452.00
Abstract:
This proposal will refine recent stability-robustness and performance-robustness methods from multivariable feedback control theory and use these concepts to develop practical testing techniques, and eventually testing hardware, for evaluating performance properties of adaptive optics systems. the… More

MILITARY AIRLIFT COMMAND (MAC) COMMAND, CONTROL, AND COMMUNICATIONS (C3) SYSTEM ASSESMENT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ms. Kendra Moore
Award Amount: $616,062.00
Abstract:
The objective of this research is to determine the feasibility of using advanced petri net technology to analyze the performance of large-scale c3 systems. the us air force is undergoing a major restructuting of its forces in response to the changing global situation and the resulting shift in… More

Human performance issues in automatic target recognition and situation awareness displays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr.jean Macmillan
Award Amount: $566,377.00
Abstract:
Under the performance levels currently achievable for automated target-recognition (ATR) systems, the human operator plays an essential role in screening ATR detections and rejecting false alarms. A critical advantage of human operators over ATR systems is their ability to make use of situation… More

Wavelet Analysis of Acoustic Signals for Gearbox Vibration Monitoring and Diagnostics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jose E. Lopez
Award Amount: $69,951.00
Abstract:
ALPHATECH has recently developed an integrated software environment for developing and testing prototype fault detection and identification (FDI) systems. It has been applied with excellent results (zero false and missed alarms, with 4% probability of deferral to the next decision time) to… More

Stochastic Dynamic Programming for Farsighted Sensor Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Wissinger
Award Amount: $79,971.00

Stochastic Dynamic Programming for Farsighted Sensor Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Wissinger
Award Amount: $733,956.00
Abstract:
Today's tactical aircraft employ sophisticated onboard sensors which can be managed in several dimensions, including spatial focus, sensing modality, and temporal scheduling. Effective mission operations, such as air interdiction and counter air, require efficient sensor control and scheduling that… More

Model Neutral Data Representation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Kendra Moore
Award Amount: $98,992.00
Abstract:
In Phase I, ALPHATECH will define a model-neutral data structure and supporting access mechanisms that will provide interoperability between different modeling methodologies in support of large scale systems engineering. The model-neutral data structure will provide a common data representation of… More

Three Dimentional Target Location From Video Images

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dan Martin
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
There are strong motivations for the development of accurate, efficient algorithms for the three-dimensional location of stationary or moving targets from one or more video sensors. In this proposal we describe an effort to accomplish this task by exploiting ALPHATECH's unique expertise in all… More

Information Fusion for Onboard and Offboard Avionics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas Kurien
Award Amount: $95,500.00
Abstract:
The objective of this research is to define and validate an Avionics Information Fusion System (AIFS) which optimally combines onboard and offboard data. We propose an architecture containing an offboard data processor to extract data relevant to the mission, and a set of fusion modules for… More

Advanced Collection Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Nils Sandell
Award Amount: $98,618.00

Advanced Collection Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Nils Sandell
Award Amount: $740,760.00
Abstract:
The objective of the research effort will be to apply optimization technology to developing a coordinated collection plan for a set of airborne platforms. This problem is important because of the imminent addition of the Tier2+ (Global Hawk) and Tier3- (Dark Star) Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) to… More

Unsupervised Pattern Analysis of Vehicle Tracks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Simon Streltsov
Award Amount: $98,989.00
Abstract:
In this effort ALPHATECH will develop algorithms for extraction of purposeful temporal-spatial patterns from moving vehicle data and demonstrate their efficiency on a set of simulated MPA scenarios. We apply unsupervised learning algorithms to find similarities between traffic activities. Traffic… More

Continous All-Source Region Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Thomas Kurien
Award Amount: $98,939.00
Abstract:
In this effort we will design and demonstrate the benefits of an integrated fusion system (IFS) for continuous monitoring of targets. The proposed IFS architecture will ensure that all available sensor data is used to generate a consistent picture of target tracks and activities, and it will enable… More

Hyperspectral and Synthetic Aperture Radar Fusion for Concealed Target Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Ronald Chaney
Award Amount: $98,997.00
Abstract:
Achieving global awareness by automatically exploiting sensor data will provide tremendous advantage to the warfighter. However, camouflage, concealment, and deception (CC&D) can be effective countermeasures against surveillance systems. The most promising strategies for defeating CC&D exploit… More

Bayes' Nets for the Dynamic Database

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Joel Douglas
Award Amount: $98,745.00
Abstract:
recent advances in sensor technology have enabled collection of vast quantities of battlefield information. Warfighters will soon gain global access to this huge volume of information. Rather than construct separate redundant, and inconsistent situation estimates, a Dynamic Database can reduce the… More

Issues of Adaptive Automated Surveys in a Computer Network Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Elliot E. Entin
Award Amount: $99,262.00
Abstract:
Network surveys hold great promise for information and data gathering, and would allow almost instantaneous access to large and diverse populations. Although there is a mature literature on survey methodology in other media, little is known about how networks might interact with survey processes or… More

Rapid Model Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: John Wissinger
Award Amount: $98,061.00
Abstract:
This research develops innovative techniques for updating 3D representations of targets used for SAR ATR, e.g., of the type being employed on DARPA's MSTAR program, directly from data. The work will provide a critical bridge between models and data, allowing image exemplars of modified targets to… More

RESOLUTION AND CONTRAST ENHANCEMENT IN ULTRASONOGRAPHY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Luettgen, mark r
Award Amount: $99,962.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (Adapted from Applicant's Abstract): The applicants proposed to evaluate a new algorithm for ultrasound B-scan image formation. The algorithm is based on a hybrid continuous-discrete state imaging model that represents the effects of abrupt changes in attenuation and scatterer… More

QUANTITATIVE 3D IMAGE AIDED ANATOMIC CHANGE DETECTION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Ettinger, gil j
Award Amount: $99,752.00

Information Fusion for Onboard and Offboard Avionics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas Kurien
Award Amount: $719,164.00
Abstract:
The objective of this research is to define and validate an Avionics Information Fusion System (AIFS) which optimally combines onboard and offboard data. We propose an architecture containing an offboard data processor to extract data relevant to the mission, and a set of fusion modules for… More

Bayes' Nets for the Dynamic Database

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Joel Douglas
Award Amount: $736,360.00
Abstract:
recent advances in sensor technology have enabled collection of vast quantities of battlefield information. Warfighters will soon gain global access to this huge volume of information. Rather than construct separate redundant, and inconsistent situation estimates, a Dynamic Database can reduce the… More

Feature-Based ATR with SAR/FLIR Sensor Fusion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. William W. Irving
Award Amount: $732,519.00
Abstract:
We propose a two-pronged program for developing Air Force capability in SAR/FLIR sensor fusion for automatic target recognition (ATR). In the first component of this program, we will design, implement and demonstrate a sequence of increasingly sophisticated SAR/FLIR fusion systems, each tuned to… More

Feature-Based ATR with SAR/FLIR Sensor Fusion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. William W. Irving
Award Amount: $99,993.00
Abstract:
We propose a two-pronged program for developing Air Force capability in SAR/FLIR sensor fusion for automatic target recognition (ATR). In the first component of this program, we will design, implement and demonstrate a sequence of increasingly sophisticated SAR/FLIR fusion systems, each tuned to… More

REFERENCE SYSTEM AND IMAGER RERGISTRATION PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS FOR MULTI-PLATFORM OPERATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Alan Chao
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
We propose a comprehensive program for analyzing the performance of multi-source georegistration systems needed to support theater-wide sharing and fusing of information for Air Force platforms and missions. We have designed our program to build upon the work done under AFRL's Theater-wide… More

Integrated Human Engineering Toolset for Engineering of Complex Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Dr. Eileen B. Entin
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Alphatech proposes to develop an integrated human engineering toolset to support the effective design of complex human-machine systems. The toolset will be based around two central concepts: human-centered engineering and integrated tools. By human centered engineering we mean a system designed… More

Adaptive Data Fusion Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ronald Chaney
Award Amount: $99,991.00
Abstract:
The prodigious amount of information provided by surveillance systems and other information sources has created unprecedented opportunities for achieving situation awareness. However, due to the fact that Air Force missions are constantly evolving and specific user information needs are not… More

ISR Strategy Optimizer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr.christopher Donohue
Award Amount: $99,994.00
Abstract:
This research effort will develop technology for optimizing strategy selection for a set of airborne intelligence collection platforms. This problem is important because of the need to maintain precise situational awareness of the battlespace given limited assets of different types/capabilities. … More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Thomas Kurien
Award Amount: $749,989.00

Threat Prediction Fusion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ronald Chaney
Award Amount: $97,089.00

Knowledge-Based Support for Time Critical Targeting

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Eric Jones PhD
Award Amount: $99,090.00

Optimization-Based Antenna Design

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Craig Lawrence
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Not Available This is a proposal for an Advanced Discrimination Ladar Receiver (ADLR). The ADLR concept is based upon state-of-the-art integrated circuits and image tube technology. The concept is very innovative with enormous potential for increasing performance above existing… More

SAR Clutter Characterization for ATR Performance Prediction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Logan
Award Amount: $100,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Alan Chao
Award Amount: $750,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Ettinger gil j
Award Amount: $688,268.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Ronald Chaney
Award Amount: $736,318.00

Video Detection, Tracking and Classification of Vehicles, Humans and Animals in Outdoor Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: MIT
Principal Investigator: Gill Ettinger
Award Amount: $99,000.00
RI Contact: N/A

MULTI-DISCRIMINANT SENSING FROM HIGH ALTITUDE OR SPACE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Calspan Ub Research Center
Principal Investigator: William H Bennett
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: N/A

Integrated Battlefield Visualization System Using Sensor and Cultural Feature Cross-Cueing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Alan Chao
Award Amount: $120,000.00
Abstract:
Not Available AmberWave proposes to demonstrate and develop III-V metal semiconductor field effect transistors (MESFETs) and high mobility transistors (HEMTs) on Si using its proprietary technology in the epitaxial deposition of high-quality III-V compounds on Si substrates. The technology employs… More

Intelligent Multi-Agent Hybrid Systems Control Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Kenneth Ross
Award Amount: $119,992.00
Abstract:
Not Available Optical time division multiplexed networks for multi-terabit communication links require ultra-fast all optical switches to be feasible. This program will demonstrate an enabling technology, intersubband transitions in AlyGa1-yN/GaN multiple quantum wells (MQWs), that will permit the… More

Surface Ship Surveillance from Space Based Radar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Allen
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Not Available AI and Expert System technology offer the capability of capturing human decision processes. Developing a general schema for capturing the knowledge required for each CIC position facilitates the development of Intelligent Watch Station Software Modules to automatically perform the… More

Threat Prediction Fusion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ronald D. Chaney
Award Amount: $736,855.00

Knowledge-Based Support for Time Critical Targeting

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Eric K. Jones, Ph.D.
Award Amount: $750,000.00

SAR Clutter Characterization for ATR Performance Prediction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Seth Lytle
Award Amount: $733,475.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Stephen M. Crooks, Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Eric K. Jones, Sr. Member of Tech. Staff
Award Amount: $99,889.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: William H. Bennett, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kendra E. Moore, Assoc. Division Manager
Award Amount: $99,617.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Stephen M. Crooks, Sr. Member of Tech Staff
Award Amount: $100,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Basil Krikeles, Assoc. Division Manager
Award Amount: $99,223.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nikolaos A. Denis, Member of Tech. Staff
Award Amount: $99,472.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES
Principal Investigator: Gerald Morse, Analyst
Award Amount: $99,000.00
RI Contact: Robert Axline

Integrated Battlefield Visualization System Using Sensor and Cultural Feature Cross-Cueing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Alan I. Chao
Award Amount: $723,036.00

Intelligent Multi-Agent Hybrid Systems Control Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Gerald B. Morse
Award Amount: $730,000.00

Advanced Tracking Techniques for FOPEN GMTI Radars

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES
Principal Investigator: John Fox
Award Amount: $0.00
RI Contact: Robert Axline
Abstract:
The utility of continuously tracking vehicles in a battlefield has been demonstrated during the Gulf War and other recent conflicts. However, the ability to achieve reliable continuous tracking in many environments will require the use of FOPEN radar andefficient use of sensor resources. In this… More

Surface Ship Surveillance from Space Based Radar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Allen, Manager
Award Amount: $473,000.00

ACHIEVING COMMERICALLY-VIABLE ROBUST VIDEO-BASED UNSTRUCTURED SCENE UNDERSTANDING SYSTEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: MIT ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LAB
Principal Investigator: Gill Ettinger
Award Amount: $495,454.00
RI Contact: Eric Grimson
Abstract:
Today's commercial video surveillance and monitoring (VSAM) systems are capable of producing enormous video streams that are over-whelming for human operators to review. But with automated intelligent interpretation of the imagery we can track and classifymoving objects of interest, collect spatial… More

Surface Ship Surveillance from Space Based Radar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Allen, Manager
Award Amount: $0.00

Fusion of GMTI Reports from Multiple Sensors in Clutter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: William Bennett, Dir., Special Programs
Award Amount: $99,091.00
Abstract:
Airborne systems for ground surveillance of mobile targets are increasingly providing significant tactical information for military operations. Fusion of ground moving target indicator (GMTI) radar data from multiple airborne platforms with overlappingfields of regard can improve tracking of moving… More

Multi-platform Multi-target GMTI Tracking with Out-of-sequence Measurements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mahendra Mallick, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
Sensor platforms transmit data to a central tracker using communication networks in a multi-platform network-centric tracking system. Measurements can arrive out-of-sequence (OOS) at the central tracker due to varying data preprocessing times at theplatforms, delays in transmission initiation, and… More

Dynamic Multi-Asset Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Andrew Newman, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,096.00
Abstract:
ALPHATECH proposes to develop techniques and tools for near real-time dynamic re-tasking of ISR sensors under realistic operating conditions. Effective ISR resource management must coordinate a diverse set of assets with a wide range of capabilitiesoperating in an uncertain environment satisfying a… More

Model-Based Fusion of Multiple Look SAR for Automatic Target Recognition

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gil Ettinger, Dir. of Image Processing
Award Amount: $99,091.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop and evaluate robust model-based approaches to combat ID by fusing multi-look SAR imagery of ground vehicles. We have already developed a baseline decision-level multi-look fusion approach, based on the MSTAR system, that accumulatesevidence over target type. Extensive… More

Distributed, Cooperative Control for a Team of Autonomous, Tactical UAVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jerry Wohletz, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Cooperative, autonomous control is required to realize the full potential of autonomous assets in a tactical operational setting. For a tactical battlespace, there are many levels of applications requiring cooperative control. This proposal addresses themission control level where the control task… More

TimeFrame: A Framework for modeling, analysis, and realization of reliable, object oriented real-time systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Fox, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ALPHATECH proposes to design, develop, and demonstrate an integrated multi-source sensor simulation (MS3). It will be built upon a software infrastructure specifically designed for the integration of legacy software components. ALPHATECH will exercise theproposed architecture by integrating several… More

RTRACE - Real-Time Reconfiguration and Control Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Eric Jones, Nikolaos Denis, Dir, Knowledge-Based Syst
Award Amount: $68,192.00
Abstract:
Naval intelligence centers validate, correlate, and analyze information from various sources (cryptologic sensors, tactical airborne reconnaissance, units in contact with the enemy, etc.) to generate Indications and Warning (I&W) in support of friendlyoperations. Increasingly, naval intelligence… More

Dynamic Dosimetry Planning for Ultrasound Brachytherapy

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Gil J. Ettinger
Award Amount: $181,745.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): We propose to develop an effective ultrasound-based real-time brachytherapry treatment planning system that improves brachytherapy outcomes through better dose coverage, reduction in manual workload, and shorter treatment… More

Distributed Control Evaluation System for Multi-Platform Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: William Bennett, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
ALPHATECH will develop a prototype performance evaluation test bed software system capable of evaluating alternate concepts for distributed multiplatform sensor control. The performance evaluation test bed will be developed using object oriented softwaredesign techniques. The prototype test bed… More

A Dynamic Constraint Reasoning Approach to Mixed Initiative Inter-Modal Lift Planning Theory

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nikolaos Denis, Member of Tech. Staff
Award Amount: $743,119.00
Abstract:
Missions for Special Operations Forces (SOF) are distinctive in their heavy joint service participation, their strict timing constraints, and their peculiar equipment requirements. Lift support planning for multiple SOF missions requires flexible assetscheduling, intelligent asset tracking and… More

Signal Processing to Expose Concealed Targets through Registration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steven Crooks, Program Manager
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
We propose a comprehensive program to develop FOPEN registration algorithms, evaluate their performance, and implement the algorithms in a software package suitable for delivery to AFRL. An accurate and robust registration capability is a requirement formany FOPEN automatic target detection… More

A Java Based Approach to Distributed Architectures for Sensor Fusion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Basil Krikeles, Dir, Software Product Des
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
ALPHATECH proposes to develop a framework that supports building distributed applications with emphasis on information fusion. Heterogeneous components can be encapsulated so that they can inter-operate through a set of common APIs and a shared definitionof a common domain of interest. The resulting… More

A Java Based Approach to Distributed Architectures for Sensor Fusion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Basil Krikeles, Dir, Software Product Des
Award Amount: $715,212.00
Abstract:
ALPHATECH proposes to develop a framework that supports building distributed applications with emphasis on information fusion. Heterogeneous components can be encapsulated so that they can inter-operate through a set of common APIs and a shared definitionof a common domain of interest. The resulting… More

An Instructable Agent for Rapid Knowledge-Base Design

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Eric Jones, Dir., Knowledge Based Sys
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Building large knowledge bases is currently a time-consuming, labor-intensive process conducted by highly trained knowledge engineers. As knowledge-based systems become increasingly widespread, new

Distributed Control Evaluation System for Multi-Platform Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: William Bennett, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
ALPHATECH will develop a prototype performance evaluation test bed software system capable of evaluating alternate concepts for distributed multiplatform sensor control. The performance evaluation test bed will be developed using object oriented softwaredesign techniques. The prototype test bed… More

A Dynamic Constraint Reasoning Approach to Mixed Initiative Inter-Modal Lift Planning Theory

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nikolaos Denis, Member of Tech. Staff
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Missions for Special Operations Forces (SOF) are distinctive in their heavy joint service participation, their strict timing constraints, and their peculiar equipment requirements. Lift support planning for multiple SOF missions requires flexible assetscheduling, intelligent asset tracking and… More

An Instructable Agent for Rapid Knowledge-Base Design

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Eric Jones, Dir., Knowledge Based Sys
Award Amount: $746,934.00
Abstract:
Building large knowledge bases is currently a time-consuming, labor-intensive process conducted by highly trained knowledge engineers. As knowledge-based systems become increasingly widespread, new

A Comparison of Methods to Detect and Eliminate Secondary Target Returns from Adaptive Radar Training Data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: William Snyder, Senior Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
For SAR, spatial and temporal adaptive processing (STAP) uses samples local to the cell being processed to estimate local clutter and noise statistics. If these samples are corrupted by returns from other unknown targets, the statistics are invalid and theperformance of the algorithms can be… More

Signal Processing to Expose Concealed Targets through Registration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steven Crooks, Program Manager
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
We propose a comprehensive program to develop FOPEN registration algorithms, evaluate their performance, and implement the algorithms in a software package suitable for delivery to AFRL. An accurate and robust registration capability is a requirement formany FOPEN automatic target detection… More

Fusion of GMTI Reports from Multiple Sensors in Clutter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: William H. Bennett, Dir., Special Programs
Award Amount: $743,099.00
Abstract:
"Airborne systems for ground surveillance of mobile targets provde ever more significant tactical information for military operations. Fusion of ground moving target indicator (GMTI) radar data from multiple airborne platforms with overlapping fields ofregard can improve tracking of moving ground… More

Dynamic Operational Retasking of ISR Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Andrew Newman, Senior Analyst
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
"It is widely recognized that improved real-time dynamic retasking of airborne Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance sensors is needed to enable rapid information gathering in support of tactical battlefield operations. Proposed Air Force modernizationplans feature a distributed C2 architecture… More

Multi-platform Multi-target GMTI Tracking with Out-of-sequence Measurements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mahendra Mallick, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $736,123.00
Abstract:
"We propose to develop advanced multi-sensor multi-target out-of-sequence measurement (OOSM) filtering and data association algorithms using a central tracking architecture, evaluate their performance, and implement the algorithms in ALPHATECH's extensivelytested and evaluated GMTI Precision Fire… More

Distributed Autonomous Cooperative Control (DACC) for a Team of Tactical UAVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jerry M. Wohletz, Lead Engineer
Award Amount: $736,363.00
Abstract:
"Distributed autonomous cooperative control is required to realize the full potential of autonomous assets in a tactical operational setting. For a tactical battlespace, there are many levels of applications requiring cooperative control. This researchaddresses the mission control level where the… More

Model-Based Fusion of Multiple Look SAR for Automatic Target Recognition

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gil Ettinger, Division Manager
Award Amount: $749,962.00
Abstract:
"In our Phase I study we developed and evaluated several initial approaches to fusing multiple-looks for SAR combat ID. Extensive evaluation of decision-level multi-look fusion showed there were significant performance benefits compared with single lookID. In Phase I of this SBIR, we developed and… More

Methods for Detecting and Eliminating Undesired Target Returns from Training Data in Adaptive Radar Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: William Snyder, Senior Research Engineer
Award Amount: $247,728.00
Abstract:
"Recent studies have shown that the performance of Space-Time Adaptive Processing (STAP) degrades when there are moving targets in the secondary training data. Although a variety of techniques have been proposed for controlling the effects of targets inthe secondary data (TSD), these techniques… More

A Knowledge-Based Indications and Warning Toolkit for Mixed-Initiative Information Warfare Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Nikolaos Denis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $733,517.00
Abstract:
"Shipboard intelligence centers deployed in littoral regions arethe "front line" for naval intelligence gathering. Onboardcryptanalysts need to monitor multiple information sources fortrends and deviations from expected norms, detect and properlyinterpret the unusual, and generate Indications and… More

Machine Reasoning for Effects-Based Operations: A Generic Architecture for Multi-Domain Workarounds Reasoning

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Daniel B. Hunter, Lead Engineer
Award Amount: $99,090.00
Abstract:
"Effects-based operations must determine how the enemy might respond to air strikes. Current approaches to predicting enemy response to target damage suffer from serious limitations: they typically do not consider how the enemy might repair or modify thestructure of a target system, they typically… More

Enhanced Interoperability Through Common Translation Architecture

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steve Zabele, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $99,283.00
Abstract:
"The primary goal of this SBIR is to develop a layered architectural approach for future inter-exchange gateways that enables data translation from one medium to another and/or among several mediums. For example, with the mandated proliferation of Link-16over the next 5 years, every SPO must work… More

A Biomimetic Range Sensor for Autonomous Air Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Erik C. Sobel, Sr. Member of Tech. Staff
Award Amount: $99,425.00
Abstract:
"A novel biomimetic range sensor is described which offers improved guidance, navigation and control capabilities and enhanced situational awareness for autonomous air vehicles. Inspired by the motion detection algorithm found in the visual systems offlying insects, the sensor images the surrounding… More

Maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) and Space Exploitation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Herbert Landau, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
"Maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) has been proven critical to national defense. Currently, E-2C, S-3B, P-3C and EP-3 aircraft are used to support the Navy's ISR primary missions. Desires to utilize UAVs have significantlyenabled platform advances, but still demand the… More

Through Strike Battle Damage Assessment using Synthetic Aperture Radar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Stephen Crooks, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
"We propose novel data-adaptive approaches for processing synthetic aperture radar (SAR) phase history data to automatically assess subtle damage inflicted by small sub-munitions on military ground vehicles. These techniques are designed for a battlefieldscenario in which the ground vehicle under… More

Agile Engagement Planning: Integrating Decision Graphs with Stochastic Dynamic Programming Solvers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: John Shaw, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
"Missile Defense Engagement Planning systems are highly automated. It is the system developers, not the commanders of those systems, who are formulating the engagement planning problem and thereby deciding how engagements will be planned and executed. Inthe history of warfare system developers have… More

Model-Based Classification for Laser Radar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: William C. Snyder, Senior Research Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
"Laser Radar (ladar) sensors are under consideration for BMD ground and interceptor platforms. An advantage of ladar over other modalities, such as SAR, is that it has very high range and Doppler (range rate) resolution. Therefore, ladar has the potentialto separate, characterize, and classify… More

Stereo CSO Detection, Tracking and Object Feature Extraction for SBIRS Low Midcourse Discrimination

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Herb Landau, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
"The Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) is scoped to provide timely and accurate warning of missile attacks against the United States and Allied forces worldwide. The SBIRS Low component provides information to active defensive systems by detecting andtracking intercontinental, intermediate/medium,… More

Through Strike Battle Damage Assessment using Synthetic Aperture Radar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Stephen Crooks, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
"We propose novel data-adaptive approaches for processing synthetic aperture radar (SAR) phase history data to automatically assess subtle damage inflicted by small sub-munitions on military ground vehicles. These techniques are designed for a battlefieldscenario in which the ground vehicle under… More

Physics-based Diagnostics and Prognostics of Interconnected Aircraft Subsystems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Asif Khalak, Senior Research Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
"Alphatech proposes a novel technique for Diagnostics, Prognostics, and Health Management (PHM) of interconnected mechanical subsystems, using physics-based models and multi-hypothesis technologies. In collaboration with Rolls-Royce, our effort is focusedtowards PHM development for the highly… More

Auction Based Approaches to Distributed Sensor Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Michael K. Schneider, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
"In the proposal, we will extend ALPHATECH's dynamic programming based approach to sensor resource management so that it can control a network of heterogeneous sensors. To reduce the complexity of the problem to a manageable level, the system will employ ahierarchical approach and will assume that… More

Model-Based 3D LADAR ATR Development and Evaluation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gil Ettinger, Dir. of Image Processing
Award Amount: $99,091.00
Abstract:
"We propose to characterize performance levels of a model-based 3D LADAR ATR system in order to understand the applicability of LADAR sensors to target exploitation in complex scenes. The MSTAR program has successfully demonstrated the applicability ofmodel-based recognition to 2D SAR processing of… More

Coordinated Multi-Asset Replanning: Decision Support Tool Enabling High Accuracy Time Critical Targeting

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Andrew J. Newman, Senior Analyst
Award Amount: $98,909.00
Abstract:
"It is widely recognized that improved real-time dynamic replanning of airborne Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) assets is needed to enable rapid information gathering in support of tactical battlefield operations. Moreover, the problem ofreal-time ISR resource management is magnified… More

Feature Extraction and Shape Reconstruction for SAR to LADAR Target Transfer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: William C. Snyder, Senior Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,662.00
Abstract:
"Laser radar (LADAR) has emerged as one of the key technology candidates for application as a precision weapon terminal seeker. Targets of interest include unplanned targets of opportunity, such as fixed buildings and bunkers, and relocatable and movingtargets. To discriminate such targets, a seeker… More

Model-Based 3D LADAR ATR Development and Evaluation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gil Ettinger, Division Manager
Award Amount: $746,550.00
Abstract:
"We propose to characterize performance levels of a model-based 3D LADAR ATR system in order to understand the applicability of LADAR sensors to target exploitation in complex scenes. The MSTAR program has successfully demonstrated the applicability ofmodel-based recognition to 2D SAR processing of… More

Multi-Hypothesis Automated Wireframe Generation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Joel S. Douglas, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $99,662.00
Abstract:
"Accurate targeting using standoff missiles, such as JASSM, requires automatic target correlation algorithms using significant target features. Wireframe models that describe the significant edges and corners of fixed targets are well suited for this task.Great advances in wireframe construction… More

Regionally Adaptive Precision Tracking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Brian E. Hodges, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
"While there have been a number of recent advances in track precision and maintenance via the AMSTE program, long-term track maintenance remains an elusive goal. Track breaks are primarily the result of miss-detections due to micro-obscuration from foliageand buildings and or due to the vehicle… More

Non-Gaussian Likelihood Detectors for Broadband Active Sonar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Peter B. Weichman, Prinicpal Engineer
Award Amount: $69,363.00
Abstract:
"In shallow water environments or using broadband processing, sonar signals can exhibit highly non-Gaussian noise statistics due to the discrete nature of the background returns from different clutter elements in different range/bearing resolution cells.Optimal likelihood detectors rely crucially on… More

A Knowledge-Based Adaptable Modeling and Simulation Visualization Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Steven Jilcott, Sr. Memb. of Tech. Stf.
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
"Effective use of models and simulations (M&S) requires the visualization of model-related information at three stages-model construction, model manipulation, and model analysis. M&S applications do not always have a native visualization environment, buteven when they do, the environment rarely… More

Control Architecures for Autonomous Teams (CAAT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael L. Curry, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
"Cooperative, autonomous control is required to realize the full potential of autonomous UAVs in a tactical military setting. This proposal addresses the cooperative platform control problem where the control task is to coordinate teams of small,expendable, platforms to perform Intelligence,… More

Intelligent Gateways for Network-Centric Interoperability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Basil C. Krikeles, Director
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
"The requirements for true network-centric operations extend beyond the physical integration of heterogeneous networks and systems to include the timely delivery of the right information from the right source to the requestor across the network. Thisconcept is essential for battlespace information… More

SAR-to-HRR Feature Association for Move-Stop-Move Tracking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steven M. Crooks, Program Manager
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
"An operational move-stop-move tracking capability would lead to dramatic improvements in overall battlefield awareness because it would increase the availability of sensing and exploitation assets that currently must be tasked to re-establish targetidentity after track breaks. The critical… More

Opportunistic Sensor Resource Management for Extended Operating Conditions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Craig Lawrence, Lead Analyst
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
"ALPHATECH proposes to develop advanced optimization-based algorithmic methods for the control of distributed sensing systems in extended operating conditions. In particular, we will investigate algorithms for the control of sensor arrays operating underextended operating conditions, that is… More

Joint Target Tracking and Classification using GMTI/HRR Data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mahendra Mallick, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
"Target tracking and classification form a coupled problem due to mutual dependence of the continuous kinematic state and discrete target class. Many tracking systems treat tracking and classification either separately or only utilize the one-way couplingbetween tracking and classification. We… More

Extended Look-Ahead Sensor Management for Missile Defense with a Bayes Net Battle Model

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Jason J. Sroka, Lead Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
"Effective missile defense relies on an array of sensors performing diverse collection tasks to successfully engage a missile attack. Sensors cannot cover the entire battle volume continuously, and Sensor Management is needed to allocate sensors to tasksproviding the greatest mission utility. Prior… More

Passive Terrain Following

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Paul Gierke, Senior Analyst
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
"Helicopters of the United States Special Operations Command perform missions that require flight at extremely low altitudes and high speeds in order to avoid detection. Currently MH-60K and MH-47E aircraft use a multi mode radar (MMR) to navigate andavoid ground hazards. Such active systems are… More

Profile Fusion for Active Sensor Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Brian Hodges, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $99,777.00
Abstract:
"ALPHATECH will develop and demonstrate algorithms for managing multi-mode radars and using the acquired profiles to identify targets with high confidence. ALPHATECH has existing technology and expertise in profile exploitation and sensor resourcemanagement. However, no system has been developed… More

Decentralized All-Source Track and Identification Fusion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Stefano Coraluppi, Senior Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,806.00
Abstract:
"Multi-platform, decentralized tracking for air and ground surveillance has the potential to significantly outperform centralized tracking approaches. Although in principle the centralized architecture is optimal, its use is hampered by the need tointerface with legacy systems, by finite bandwidth… More

Link 16 Gateway Phase II

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Stephen Zabele, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $736,363.00
Abstract:
The primary objective of this SBIR is to implement a proof-of-concept interoperability gateway based on a layered architectural design developed in Phase One. The goal is to demonstrate the viability of a layered translation architecture for developinginter-exchange gateways that must perform data… More

Machine Reasoning for Effects-Based Operations: A Generic Architecture for Multi-Domain Workarounds Reasoning

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Daniel B. Hunter, Lead Engineer
Award Amount: $741,224.00
Abstract:
Effects-based operations must determine how the enemy might respond to air strikes. Current approaches to predicting enemy response to target damage suffer from serious limitations: they typically do not consider how the enemy might repair or modify thestructure of a target system, they typically… More

Physics-based Diagnostics and Prognostics of Interconnected Aircraft Subsystems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Asif Khalak, Senior Research Engineer
Award Amount: $736,365.00
Abstract:
ALPHATECH proposes a novel approach for prognostics, diagnostics, and health management (PHM) of interconnected aircraft subsystems, using hybrid reduced-order prognostic models and extensions to existing diagnostic FMECA analyses. This technology will beapplied at the area reasoner level of the… More

Multi-Hypothesis Automated Wireframe Generation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Joel Douglas, Director of Image Process
Award Amount: $665,154.00
Abstract:
High-accuracy standoff missile targeting systems such as JASSM require prominent geometric features for automatic target correlation. Three-dimensional wireframe models can precisely describe object boundaries (edges and corners) and are thus well-suitedrepresentations of fixed targets. The past two… More

Regionally Adaptive Precision Tracking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Brian Hodges, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $459,759.00
Abstract:
While there have been a number of recent advances in track precision and maintenance via the AMSTE program, long-term track maintenance remains an elusive goal. Track breaks are primarily the result of miss-detections due to micro-obscuration from foliageand buildings and or due to the vehicle… More

Model-Based Identification of Moving Time Critical Targets using Wideband Signal Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gregory J. Owirka, Lead Research Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
A broad range of surveillance technologies is required for the successful prosecution of time-critical targets (TCTs). These technologies include detection, tracking, identification (ID), sensor resource management (SRM), and battle damage assessment.For mobile missile launcher TCTs (e.g. SCUD… More

Improving Feature-Level Data Assocation for Multi-Mode Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Eugene M. Lavely, Program Manager
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
We propose a methodological advance for performance optimization of feature-level data asociation in tracking and ATR algorithms, thereby improving MOPs such as probability of correct associations (Pca), probability of correct identification (Pid), andtrack purity. Our approach augments GMTI… More

Automatic Signature Collection for Tracking and Identification

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gerald B. Morse, Director, Exploitation Te
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Ground target tracking performance can be improved through the use of appropriately collected target signatures. In particular, associating reports and tracks is especially enhanced in dense target environments and move-stop-move scenarios. To supportassociation, the signatures need to be collected… More

Robust Contingency Planning For Multiple ISR Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Scott Laprise, Senior Analyst
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
An essential capability of an information gathering architecture is the ability to adapt to dynamic re-tasking requirements (i.e. the ability to manage real-time moding, pointing, and directing of ISR sensors) commensurate with the decision-making timescale of tactical, battlefield operations. … More

Improved Representation of Sensor Exploitation for Automatic Sensor Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Joe P. Hill, Program Manager
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ALPHATECH proposes to develop advanced optimization-based algorithms that can be applied to improve advanced sensor resource management techniques. In this effort, we will extend stochastic dynamic programming-based sensor resource models, which providenear-optimal algorithms that utilize… More

Complementary Observation, Long Duration Track Fusion (COLD Track Fusion)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Allen Waxman, Director of Cognitive Fus
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Maintaining continuous track of high-value ground targets in complex environments using only a single sensing modality such as radar, presents a number of challenges for which the use of complementary sensors offers a potential solution. Even withsimultaneous radar modalities such as ground moving… More

Autonomous Multi-Sensor Registration Toolkit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Alan I. Chao, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Future strike missions will need to utilize intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance and other off-board data assets to improve the geo-location, detection and identification of targets. To share and fuse data from multiple sources, it is necessaryfirst to reference the different sources of… More

SAR-to-HRR Feature Assoc and Change Detection for Move-Stop-Move Tracking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steven M. Crooks
Award Amount: $2,185,000.00

Opportunistic Sensor Resource Mgmt for Extended Op Cond

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Craig Lawrence
Award Amount: $750,000.00

Profile Fusion for Active Sensor Management (PROFASM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Brian Hodges
Award Amount: $736,361.00

An Efficient Computational Approach to Target Discrimination

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dale Klamer, Vice President, SD Divisi
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Target discrimination is one of the critical components of the midcourse phase processing in providing effective missile defense. Currently, detailed models that use an elaborate discrete Bayesian network predict the sensor phenomenology for each possibletarget type and sensor. The predicted… More

Physical Model-Based Target Discrimination in Clutter using Surface-Based Radar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: William C. Snyder, Lead Research Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
With the appropriate processing algorithms, surface-based radar has the potential to discriminate reentry vehicles from other threat objects in the presence of clutter, which is a critical part of the BMD problem. Discrimination is based on resolving theobjects in range, and characterizing each… More

Automatic Target Recognition from Motion Video

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Matthew Antone, Sr. Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
We propose a new automatic target recognition (ATR) system that operates on video data, exploiting the inherent redundancy and spatio-temporal coherence of motion imagery to create three-dimensional target signatures. Unlike previous approaches that useshape alone, our method will additionally model… More

INSIGHT: Interpreting Network Structures to Obtain Intelligence on Groups of Hidden Terrorists

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Connie G. Fournelle, Senior Mathematician
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
Detecting and disrupting a terrorist network requires the ability to: link disparate (noisy, deceptive) data and recognize patterns in the underlying networks, estimate where further intelligence would be useful, and predict the network's response topossible attacks.We propose to combine… More

Distributed Tracking with Networked, Dynamically Relocatable Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Robert Biehl, Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
Organic Air Vehicles have the potential to dramatically improve knowledge of the battlespace by providing persistent networked coverage which can dynamically adjust to changing conditions. These systems require novel algorithms which can address theproblems of positioning, sensor resource… More

Secure Wireless Distribution of Cryptographic Keys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Brian T. DeCleene, Director
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The goal of this SBIR is to develop a capability to securely transmit cryptographic keys over wireless networking environments. The utilization of affordable commercial wireless technologies is a potential solution for automating the key distributionprocess to forward-deployed military units. As… More

Rapid Attack Discrimination & Response (RADR) Testbed

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: J. Kaye Mullen, Director, Software System
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The long-term objective of this SBIR is to establish a robust, flexible distributed fusion and resource management testbed with capability to ingest payload, state-of-health, warning sensor, and off-board data. The testbed will support implementation andevaluation of alternative distributed data… More

Adaptive, Dynamic Life Models of Drive Train Clutch Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Asif Khalak, Senior Research Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ALPHATECH proposes, in conjunction with our partners, Rolls-Royce North America, a novel approach to the prognostic modeling of drivetrain clutch systems, combining dynamic modeling of transients with physics-of-failure based hazard modeling. Inparticular, our effort is focused towards the F35B… More

Distributed Decentralized Fusion for Developing a Common Undersea Scene

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dale Klamer, Vice President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Naval C4ISR systems are inherently distributed, relying on a variety of platforms and sensors to supply various aspects of the littoral battlespace. The ASW and MCM commanders require an accurate and timely scene that is developed within a network-centricinfrastructure, with the ultimate goal of… More

Optimized and Rapid Employment of Loitering Weapons in Response to Fires

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Craig Lawrence, Lead Research Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ALPHATECH proposes to develop a tool addressing the unique planning needs of the tactical Tomahawk weapon system. Using an innovative combination of optimization techniques, this tool will generate cruise missile strike plans - missile trajectories andtarget coverage schedules - and generate new… More

SBIR Phase I: Power Aware Latency Minimized Source Routing (PALMS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Stephen Zabele
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project is focused on developing novel network routing techniques that provide power-conserving, latency-minimized, throughput-maximized data delivery in mobile ad-hoc network (MANET) environments. It is well known that existing shortest path… More

Cooperative Planning and Control of Future Combat Systems Resupply Operations: A Component-Based Approach

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert Hyland, Lead Software Engineer
Award Amount: $119,939.00
Abstract:
ALPHATECH proposes a component-based software architecture and algorithms approach for multi-vehicle intelligent planning and control to support Future Combat Systems (FCS) resupply operations. The proposed system will enable a small number of humanoperators to rapidly develop, execute, and… More

Large N ASW False Alarm Reduction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: SYRACUSE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Dale Klamer, Vice President, San Diego Division
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Sandy Watkins
Abstract:
The Large N ASW problem can be summarized as pervasive short-range sensors with limited communication capabilities. The driving questions are how are false alarms controlled-not necessarily from an individual sensor node, but from the overallfield-performance of individual sensor nodes, the amount… More

Confident Declaration Fusion Methods for Intelligence Processing of Relational Evidence

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: William H. Bennett, Director, Automation Tech
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Developing confident fused estimates derived by combining multi-source data (e.g. sensor data, human intelligence reports and open-source data) is a challenge for intelligence analysts. Data that can provide evidence about terrorist network operations aresparse, uncertain, disparate, and can… More

Encapsulating Generalized Principal Components and Support Vector Machines in a Nonlinear Statistical Pattern Recognition Toxicology Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Gary L. Jahns, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Identifying toxic-substance exposure at low, subtoxic concentrations requires interpretation of complex, time-related changes in gene, protein, and metabolite expression patterns. We propose a statistical pattern recognition software tool based onflexible and adaptable modules. In Phase I, we will… More

Information Uncertainty Portrayal

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Gregory S. Lauer, Director
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The information age has produced a flood of information to system operators and decision-makers in a multitude of application domains. Each piece of data that feeds a system can produce complex interactions with other data in the scenario. This projectwill examine the uncertainty associated with… More

Agile Engagement Planning

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Ron James, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $747,508.00
Abstract:
Our Phase I effort explored combining a Stochastic Dynamic Programming (SDP) solver with a Constraint Satisfaction Reasoning (CSR) system to provide an "agile" missile defense engagement planner. We demonstrated the ability to accept a missile defense problem formulation at run-time and execute the… More

Extended Look-Ahead Sensor Management for Missile Defense with a Bayes Net Battle Model

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Jason Sroka, Lead Engineer
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Our Phase I effort explored using Dynamic Bayesian Networks (DBNs) to predict results of sensor tasking in missile defense Sensor Resource Management (SRM). The DBN output was coupled with engagement planning analysis to take advantage of two proven approaches to improving missile defense SRM;… More

Joint Target Tracking and Classification using GMTI/HRR Data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Allen Waxman
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
High-Resolution Radar (HRR) range profiles provide a means to improve a GMTI tracker's performance when vehicles enter kinematically ambiguous situations. There is a need for methods that process HRR profiles on-the-fly, enhance their features, discover the salient features, and learn robust… More

Autonomous Multi-Sensor Registration Toolkit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Victor Tom
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
ALPHATECH proposes to develop a modular system for building and evaluating autonomous multi-sensor geo-registration technologies based on a rigorous mathematical framework and the utilization of a multi-attribute geospatial database. The multi-sensor geo-registration problem is an estimation… More

Improved Representation of Sensor Exploitation for Automatic Sensor Management

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Joe P. Hill
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Advanced optimization-based algorithms for sensor resource management have been previously developed to support Level 1 sensor data fusion (object or track-level) estimates. In the proposed effort, ALPHATECH will further develop a computational framework that can be used to represent the expected… More

Robust Contingency Planning for Multiple ISR Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Craig T. Lawrence
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
An essential capability of an information gathering architecture is the ability to adapt to dynamic re-tasking requirements (i.e. the ability to manage real-time moding, pointing, and directing of ISR sensors) commensurate with the decision-making time scale of tactical, battlefield operations. … More

Complementary Observation, Long Duration Track Fusion (COLD Track Fusion)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Allen Waxman
Award Amount: $738,068.00
Abstract:
Maintaining continuous track of high-value ground targets in complex environments presents challenges for which use of complementary sensors offers a solution. A significant problem is targets moving in and out of hide sites, where track is lost and identification of targets emerging from hide is… More

New Physics-Based Methodology for Optimizing Tracking and ATR Performance via Feature-Level Fusion of Multi-Sensor Data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Eugene M. Lavely
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
We propose a methodology for improving perfomrance of ATR and tracking algorithms. We discover and develop high-value features and templates extracted from multi-sensor and multi-look data, and enhance their utility using model-based and learing-based feature level fusion (and hypothesis level… More

Model-Based Identification of Moving Time Critical Targets using Wideband Signal Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gregory J. Owirka
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Surveillance technologies required for the successful prosecution of time-critical targets (TCTs) include detection, tracking, identification (ID), sensor resource management (SRM), and battle damage assessment. Because SCUD TELs are rarely stationary while in the open, moving-target ID is a… More

Automatic Signature Collection for Tracking and Identification

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael K. Schneider
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Ground target tracking performance can be improved through the use of appropriately collected target signatures. In particular, associating reports and tracks is especially enhanced in dense target environments and move-stop-move scenarios. To support association, the signatures need to be collected… More

Rapid Attack Discrimination & Response (RADR) Testbed

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gregory Fries
Award Amount: $790,282.00
Abstract:
This Phase 2 effort establishes a robust, flexible Rapid Attack Discrimination & Response (RADR) software evaluation testbed for design and evaluation of distributed attack recognition and defense planning capabilities for U.S. satellites. The RADR testbed will ingest satellite payload,… More

A Rubust System for Automated Video-Based Vehicle Recognition

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Matthew Antone, Lead Research Engineer
Award Amount: $736,363.00
Abstract:
We propose an end-to-end video-based system for online class recognition of moving vehicles observed by a passive stationary camera. SAVOR (or System for Automated Video-based Object Recognition) continuously detects, tracks, and classifies vehicles within the camera's field of view in real time,… More

OAV Repositioning Resource-Allocating Tracker (ORRATr)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Laughton Stanley, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $749,959.00
Abstract:
The development of inexpensive unmanned aircraft will soon bring the opportunity to place persistent organic hovering sensors at key locations in support of intelligence gathering, targeting, and force protection missions. As many of the sensor packages flown on these assets will be line-of-sight… More

Secure Wireless Distribution of Cryptographic Keys Phase II

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Brian DeCleene
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The goal of this SBIR is to develop a capability for securely transmitting cryptographic keys over wireless networking environments. The lack of perimeter defenses in wireless networks demands that all transmitters/receivers possess cryptographic devices to protect sensitive data. With the… More

Dynamic, Adaptive Life Models for Drive Train Clutches

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Asif Khalak, Lead Research Engineer
Award Amount: $589,090.00
Abstract:
ALPHATECH proposes, in conjunction with our partners, Rolls-Royce North America, a novel approach to the on-line prognostic modeling of drivetrain clutch systems, combining dynamic modeling of the clutch transients with physics-of-failure based hazard modeling. In particular, our effort is focused… More

Optimized and Rapid Employment of Loitering Weapons in Response to Fires

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Craid Lawrence, Lead Research Engineer
Award Amount: $736,365.00
Abstract:
ALPHATECH has developed a prototype planning tool, dubbed RATTLER, for Robust Automated Tactical Tomahawk Loitering and Engagement Router, in Phase I of this SBIR effort. RATTLER uses a variety of optimization techniques to construct missile trajectories that maximize target "coverage": the ability… More

Cooperative Planning and Control of Future Combat Systems Resupply Operations: A Component-Based Approach

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Joseph Mola, Lead Software Engineer
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
Army Future Combat Systems (FCS) programs are revolutionizing sustainment concepts to include new inventory management techniques and robotics-enhanced Materials-Handling Equipment (MHE). Building on our Phase I work, we propose to automate key aspects of emerging sustainment tactics, techniques,… More

Three Dimensional Scene Reconstruction Through Stochastic Structure From Motion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Matthew E. Antone, Lead Research Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
We propose to design and develop an algorithmic framework that reconstructs three-dimensional scene models from a video sequence collected by a single airborne camera. Compensating for the uncertainties introduced by measurement error and feature extraction, the system uses stochastic geometry to… More

Fast Detection and Location of Spoofing ADS-B

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul Lanzkron, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The use of ADS-B to determine safe navigation of airspace is an important feature in the upgrade of the FAA NAS. This upgrade to the NAS will provide a far more accurate location system for aircraft, allowing safer and closer separations in the airspace. At the same time, reduction of the use of… More

Adaptive Context-based Configuration for Model-Based SAR ATR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: William C. Snyder, Lead Research Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Conventional ATRs are trained and configured off-line. Re-training and reconfiguring for new conditions and new targets are labor-intensive procedures, and there is no mechanism other than robustness to interpolate between the trained conditions. We propose to improve conventional model-based SAR… More

Ovates: Predictive Agents for Homeland Defense

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Larry Roszman, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ALPHATECH proposes to design and develop an approach to the identification and prediction of events from the semi-automated fusion and evaluation of information from multiple disparate data sources. The core of this proposal is the semi-automatic, ad hoc, and intelligent assembly of fragments of… More

Cross-Layer Protocols for Energy Efficient Wireless Sensor Networking Phase II (CrossNet)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Brian DeCleene, Director, Advanced Networ
Award Amount: $721,040.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase II SBIR is to develop a reference implementation and specification of the Phase 1 cross-layer wireless protocol that spans OSI layers 1 (physical) through 4 (transport) and reduces energy consumption in sensor networks; and validate its operation on a moderate-size sensor… More

Development of a hybrid modified MELP/LPC-10e speech coder

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Geoff Meltzner, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,526.00
Abstract:
Low bit rate speech coding is vital for communication in today's military environments. Currently, the Link-16 waveform uses the LPC-10e speech coder to perform this task at 2.4 kbs. However, Link-16 speech communication can potentially be improved with an upgrade to the newer Mixed Excitation… More

Predictive Target Overland Height Estimation Methods for Radar Signal

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Allan Steinhardt, Director, Sensor Systems
Award Amount: $99,912.00
Abstract:
Airborne standoff radar surveillance systems have become major contributors to battlefield Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance capabilities. Current systems have limited capabilities to provide precise battle field situation awareness of low flying airborne threats due to radar system… More

Automated Targeting for Precision-Guided Munitions in Flight

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James B. McKeon, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,968.00
Abstract:
Analysis and experimentation suggests that the Phase 1 goal, to develop an integrated process and systems architecture that automatically passes mensurated-targeting information to Precision Guided Munitions (PGMs) in flight, is feasible using existing systems. Our innovation builds upon related… More

Cross-Layer Protocols for Energy Efficient Wireless Sensor Networking (CrossNet)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Brian DeCleene, Director, Advanced Networ
Award Amount: $120,000.00
Abstract:
The goal of this Phase 1 SBIR is to refine and evaluate an integrated cross-layer wireless networking protocol suite that spans OSI layers 2 (link) through 4 (transport) and reduces energy consumption in sensor networks. Early analysis suggests that an order of magnitude reduction in energy… More

Optimized Management of Networked Sensors in the Presence of Communication, Collection, and Processing Latencies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Michael K. Schneider, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop algorithms to manage multiple networked sensors embedded in a system with significant latencies. Sources of latency can include limited bandwidth in communication channels; limited capabilities for processing collected data, especially imagery; and data collection times. … More

Dual-Band Infrared Image Fusion & Target Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: David Fay, Lead Engineer
Award Amount: $98,955.00
Abstract:
A boost-phase intercept (BPI) system aims to destroy attacking intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) while the booster rockets are still burning and before they have deployed mid-course decoys or released their munitions. Detection and tracking of the incoming missile under changing… More

Self Assessment Tool for Intelligent Prognosis (SATIP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Asif Khalak, Lead Research Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ALPHATECH proposes an innovative prognostic and diagnostic reasoning assessment tool for Prognostic Health Management systems. The Self Assessment Tool for Intelligent Prognosis (SATIP) is focused towards prognosis of gradual failures in complex mechanical systems such as fatigue failures, in which… More

Modular Gateway Architectures Study (MGAS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mark Keaton, Lead Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Our SBIR goals include 1) assessing architectural alternatives for future interoperability gateways that facilitate component testing, certification, and reuse, and 2) taking initial steps to implement selected alternatives. Historically, interoperability gateways required each link interface to… More

SAR-to-LADAR Data Fusion for LADAR Precision Guided Munitions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: William C. Snyder
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
New LADAR air-to-ground weapon seekers generate precision, three-dimensional data that support high-confidence target discrimination and matching for search and terminal guidance. Targets of interest include fixed buildings and bunkers as well as re-locatable and moving targets. At the same time,… More

Cooperative Search, Acquisition and Tracking by UAV Teams

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: MIT
Principal Investigator: Kathleen Misovec, Lead Engineer
Award Amount: $99,950.00
RI Contact: Michael P. Corcoran
Abstract:
ALPHATECH and MIT propose to extend existing real-time mission manager, path planning, and video tracking technologies developed under DARPA, AFOSR, and AFRL programs to solve the Cooperative Search Acquisition and Track (CSAT) problem for multiple moving targets. This CSAT mission presents… More

SAR-to-LADAR Data Fusion for LADAR Precision Guided Munitions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: William C. Snyder
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
New LADAR air-to-ground weapon seekers generate precision, three-dimensional data that support high-confidence target discrimination and matching for search and terminal guidance. Targets of interest include fixed buildings and bunkers as well as re-locatable and moving targets. At the same time,… More

Video-Moving Target Indicator (MTI) Trackers for Multiple Targets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Krant, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Motion imagery comprises an information-rich data source complementary to radar and other sensors. Video cameras can operate in various frequency bands, including infrared (IR) and visible spectrum electro-optical (EO), and provide multi-dimensional measurements across both spatial and temporal… More

Low-Loss Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Data CompressionComplex SAR Image Compression for Automatic Exploitation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Clyde Hardin, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $69,514.00
Abstract:
SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) systems have proved to be invaluable for many applications, both military and commercial, including automatic target detection and recognition (ATD/R), terrain mapping, change detection, battle damage assessment, and moving target refocusing and detection. The… More

Link-Clustering Techniques for Group Dismount Tracking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Laughton Stanley, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
Detection and tracking of dismounts in foliage is difficult due to low target speed, foliage attenuation, small target RCS, internal clutter motion, forest animals, and target motion dynamics. The detection of individual dismounts reliably with reasonable false alarm rates will be extremely… More

Distributed Object Discrimination for BMD

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Chee-Yee Chong, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $97,968.00
Abstract:
Object discrimination is one of the most important functions in ballistic missile defense since successful engagement and intercept of the warhead requires timely discrimination of lethal objects from decoys and other non-lethal objects. Multiple sensors exploiting diversity in phenomenology and… More

Empirical Statistical Estimation of Glucose Concentration Using Thermal Radiation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Gary Jahns, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
OptiScan Biomedical Corporation's Non-Invasive Glucose Monitor has demonstrated the capability to measure patient blood glucose concentrations using an induced cyclic temperature variation that modulates the natural mid-infrared radiation coming from the patient's tissue just below the surface of… More

Handheld Real-Aperture Radar and EO Fusion for LO Vehicle RCS Verification in Uncontrolled Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Steven M. Scarborough, Lead Research Engineer
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Portable RCS verification systems that can be forward-deployed with low-observable (LO) aircraft, offer the potential to dramatically improve aircraft survivability and mission effectiveness. Modern LO aircraft with short- or vertical takeoff capabilities are designed to operate effectively without… More

Automated Synchronized Routing and Scheduling for Agile Aerial Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: George Mason University
Principal Investigator: Craig T. Lawrence, Lead Analyst
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Ann T. McGuigan
Abstract:
ALPHATECH proposes to develop a tool addressing the challenging problem of computing operationally realistic routes and activity schedules for aerial vehicles, accounting for the competing objectives and nonlinear constraints inherent in military path planning. Using an innovative combination of… More

Non-Gaussian Likelihood Detectors for Broadband Active Sonar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Peter Weichman, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $591,820.00
Abstract:
In shallow water environments or using broadband processing,detection statistics enerated from sonar data can exhibit highly non-Gaussian statistics due to the discrete nature of the returns from different clutter elements in different range resolution cells. Optimal likelihood detectors rely… More