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Automatic Signature Collection for Tracking and Identification

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
62513
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-1304
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ALPHATECH, INC.
6 New England Executive Park Burlington, MA 01803
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Automatic Signature Collection for Tracking and Identification
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-04-C-1682
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 at a diverse set of geometries so that a report signature can be associated with a signature collected previously at a comparable geometry. In our phase 1 effort, we developed a sensor management algorithm for collecting HRR MTI position and signature data at aspect angles that are predicted to be of use in the future. The algorithm also tasks the collection of FTI position data on stopped targets so as to track targets as they start and stop. For the phase 2, we are proposing to build on the algorithmic framework developed in phase 1. We will be developing more sophisticated sensor models, refining our baseline sensor management algorithms, and demonstrating and testing our algorithms in closed-loop with sensor data. The goal is to illustrate, in a realistic simulation, how an algorithm could exploit predictions of track state to manage an agile radar system to improve signature-aided tracking performance.

Principal Investigator:

Michael K. Schneider
7812733388
michael.schneider@alphatech.com

Business Contact:

John Barry
7812733388
jack.barry@alphatech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ALPHATECH, INC.
6 New England Executive Park Burlington, MA 01803

EIN/Tax ID: 042654515
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No