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Exploitable Physics for Recognition and Classification

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-13-M-1556
Agency Tracking Number: F12B-T06-0113
Amount: $148,641.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF12-BT06
Solicitation Number: 2012.B
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-03-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2013-12-05
Small Business Information
1300 Research Park Dr
Dayton, OH -
United States
DUNS: 363384004
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Greg Arnold
 Senior Staff Engineer
 (937) 427-8433
Business Contact
 Carri Miller
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (937) 427-8433
Research Institution
 University of California, San Diego
 Massimo Franceschetti
9500 Gilman Dr Mail Code 0407
San Diego, CA 92093-
United States

 (567) 891-2345
 Nonprofit College or University

ABSTRACT: The objective of this effort is to develop innovative methods for deriving a sparse set of physical target features that can be used for exploitation of air to ground signature data collected from sensor systems including electro-optical, infrared, and laser radar. Current classification methods require near exact replication of the original imaging parameters, or extensive modeling in order to generalize the signature to novel operating conditions. By understanding the physical constraints on the target information, one can better construct and refine a classification system. We will show how recent bounds, developed for electromagnetic scattering, work equally well for optical wavelengths, and we propose to use these bounds to develop tools to explore feature salience. BENEFIT: The primary benefit of successful completion of this effort is improved exploitation systems wherein we can explicate why and where features are informative. This capability has numerous commercial applications in various business sectors such as defense, communication, and medical imaging.

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