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Exploitable Physics for Recognition and Classification II

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-14-C-1726
Agency Tracking Number: F12B-T06-0113
Amount: $749,988.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF12-BT06
Solicitation Number: 2012.2
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-06-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-09-13
Small Business Information
1300 Research Park Dr
Dayton, OH 45432-2818
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Greg Arnold
 Principal Investigator
 (937) 427-8433
Business Contact
 Carri Miller
Title: Dr.
Phone: (937) 427-8433
Research Institution
 University of California @ San Dieg
 Dr. Massimos Franceschetti
9500 Gilman Drive Mail Code 0407
La Jolla, CA 92093-0407
United States

 (858) 822-2284
 Nonprofit College or University

ABSTRACT: The objective of this effort is to demonstrate 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, ladar, and 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. In Phase I, we applied recent bounds, developed for electromagnetic scattering, to analyze optical wavelengths, and we now propose to develop and transition tools to use these bounds to explore feature salience, recognition, and classification. 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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