Universal Imaging Sensor: Robotic Broadband Night Vision Camera

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,986.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-07-C-0297
Agency Tracking Number:
07ST1-0099
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
B & W TEK, INC.
#19 Shea Way, Suite 301, Newark, DE, 19713
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
964792485
Principal Investigator:
Jie Yao
Principal Scientist
(302) 368-7824
jiey@bwtek.com
Business Contact:
Sean Wang
CTO
(302) 368-7824
swang@bwtek.com
Research Institution:
PRINCETON UNIV.
Michelle Christy
Office of Research&Project Adm
P.O. Box 36, 4 New South Bldg.
Princeton, NJ, 8544
(609) 256-3090
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Imaging sensors are a crucial component of modern defense. The ideal sensor has acute visual sensing capabilities and communicates instantly when threats are identified. It should also have night vision capabilities and cover a broadband spectral range including near ultraviolet and infrared. A robotic broadband night vision camera is highly desirable. Such a robotic broadband low-light-level camera is feasible today. We propose to integrate a broadband semiconductor image intensifier with night vision sensitivity with a commercial-off-the-shelf camera cellular phone, and modify the cell phone circuitry and program it with image recognition and compression algorithms developed by Galaxy Scientific, whose image compression products have been installed on United States Navy 3rd Fleet and seen action in the Persian Gulf in support of Middle Eastern military campaign. Such an autonomous system will combine night vision sensitivities and the broadband ultra-violet, visible and near infrared coverage over 200 - 1650 nm with the light weight, small size and low cost of the commercial camera cell phone. Phase I will see the proof of concept. Phase II will see the integration of the proposed camera into a robotic image requisition, recognition, compression and transmission system for evaluation at DoD laboratories.

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