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Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2616
Amount: $40,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
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Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1985
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
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14 Kensington Rd
Arlington, MA 02174
United States
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HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 DR KENNETH R MASER
 PRESIDENT
 (617) 646-4957
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Abstract

THE RAPID GROWTH AND MATURATION OF OUR CAPITAL INFRASTRUCTURE HAS CREATED A MAINTENANCE BURDEN GREATER THANEVERE BEFORE. A CRITICAL ASPECT OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE MAINTENANCE PROCESS IS THE INPUT FROM INSPECTIONS AND CONDITION SURVEYS OF THE LARGE STRUCTURES (E.G. DAMS, BRIDGES, ROADS) THAT CONSTITUTE OUR INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS. THE TRADITIONAL AND TIME HONORED TECHNIQUE OF VISUAL INSPECTION BY TRAINED INSPECTORS IS NO LONGER ADEQUATE TO MEET THIS NEW MAINTENANCE DEMAND. THIS IS DUE TO THE SIZE, EXTENT, AND INACCESSIBILITY OF THE STRUCTURES THEMSELVES, TOTHE MAGNITUDE OF THE MAINTENANCE NEED, AND TO THE LIMITED AVAILABILITY OF TRAINED INSPECTORS. IN ORDER TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM, THIS RESEARCH PROPOSES THE CONCEPT OF AUTOMATING THE ACQUISITION, ANALYSIS, AND INTERPRETATION OF VISUAL DATA USED FOR INSPECTING STRUCTURES. THE CONCEPT DRAWS ON TECHOLOGIES THAT HAVE BEEN WELL DEVELOPED IN THE FIELDS OF "MACHINE VISION", REMOTE SENSING, AND MEDICAL IMAGERY. THE OBJECTIVE OF THE PROPOSED RESEARCH IS TO DEVELOP A CONCEPT AND SPECIFICATION FOR A SYSTEM WHICH INTEGRATES VISUAL DATA ACQUISITION, DATA CONVERSION, VISUAL IMAGE PROCESSING, SYMBOLIC FEATURE DISCRIMINATION AND PATTERN RECOGNITION, AND KNOWLEDGE-BASED INTERPRETATION OF SYMBOLIC FEATURES AND PATTERNS. THIS OBJECTIVE WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH A SERIES OF SIMPLE BUT CRITICAL COMPUTATIONAL EXPERIMENTS CARRIED OUT ON PHOTOGRAPHIC DATA, UTILIZING STANDARD PROCESSING ALGORITHMS AND AVAILABLE SOFTWARE.

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