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Advanced Computational Algorithms for Nonlinear Filtering for Real Time Environment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-04-C-0108
Agency Tracking Number: A2-1317
Amount: $0.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000
Woburn, MA 01801
United States
DUNS: 859244204
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Lingji Chan
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 933-5355
Business Contact
 Robert Simpson
Title: Mgr of Fin/Controller
Phone: (781) 933-5355
Research Institution
 Univ. of N.Carolina at Chapel Hill
 Tony G Waldrop
440 W. Franklin ST, CB # 1350 Office of Sponsored
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
United States

 (919) 966-3411
 Nonprofit College or University

The techniques of linear filtering have contributed tremendously in missile guidance and modern radar technology. However, they can only serve as a first order approximation to the infinite-dimensional nonlinear filtering problem. Solutions to these problems are known in theory, and with the explosive growth of high performance computing, they have also increasingly become available in terms of practical algorithms. The objective of the proposed Phase II effort is to critically examine, categorize and evaluate existing nonlinear filtering algorithms, and develop software tools for using them. For target tracking as a focus area, we will develop suitable benchmark problems to compare filtering algorithms, avoiding many of the common pitfalls. The proposed team consists of Scientific Systems Company Inc. (SSCI), Professor Amarjit Budhiraja at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Dr. Ronald Mahler at Lockheed Martin Tactical Systems. SSCI has extensive expertise in control and signal processing and in algorithm/software development. Professor Budhiraja is one of the leaders in the study of stochastic filtering theory, and Dr. Mahler is a renowned expert in multi-sensor multi-target tracking. The Phase II tasks are: (1) investigate dynamic parameter estimation methods and develop corresponding algorithms, (2) code the algorithms developed in Phase I and Phase II, and construct a coherent and well-documented library, (3) develop a Particle Filters Wizard to help a general user in using Particle Filters, (4) develop a Multi-Environment Nonlinear Filtering Tracking Assessment Testbed (MENTAT), (5) investigate single-target (and multi-target) nonlinear filtering algorithms in the framework of Finite Set Statistics (FISST), and (6) work towards Phase III, commercialization, and transfer of technology.

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