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X-ray Simulation Platform for Explosive Detection Equipment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: HSHQDC-14-C-00021
Agency Tracking Number: HSHQDC-14-R-00005-H-SB014.1-003-0001-I
Amount: $99,861.47
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB014.1-003
Solicitation Number: HSHQDC-14-R-00005
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-05-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-10-31
Small Business Information
39655 Eureka Drive
Newark, CA 94560-4806
United States
DUNS: 184609621
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Tobias Funk
 Director of X-ray System R&D
 (510) 392-3000
Business Contact
 Lou Wainwright
Title: Sr. Director
Phone: (978) 239-5051
Research Institution

Computer simulations have the potential to improve the development x-ray-based explosive detection equipment. Despite the number of available simulation tools, no existing tool meets the needs of the explosive detection community. This is due to (1) the flexibility required to model the range of objects, physical processes, and system geometries used in explosive detection, and (2) the usability required for adoption. The proposed project will design a software tool that meets the needs of the explosive detection community, while being validated for imaging tasks relevant to explosive detection. One objective of this project is to evaluate how existing tools match experimental data, including artifacts and nonidealities. The second objective is to design a software architecture focused on usability and flexibility, while incorporating validated physics-based models. Usability and flexibility will be designed into the architecture by incorporating feedback from potential users. Successful completion through Phase I and Phase II will result in a software tool that is easy to use and is applicable to wide range system geometries, object definitions, and x-ray-based imaging techniques. Because the software will be designed to address user needs, the anticipated result is that the software will be adopted by developers of x-ray-based explosive detection equipment. Once adopted, the simulation software will be used to reduce time to market for scanners by enabling inexpensive and efficient system prototyping, parameter optimization, and system testing. The simulation software can also be used to generate a large library of test data for algorithm development and testing.

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