Video and Image Enhancement Workbench for Aerial Surveillance and Tracking (VIEW-FAST)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-09-M-6961
Agency Tracking Number: F083-016-0236
Amount: $99,886.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-016
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jonah McBride
 Senior Scientist
 (617) 491-3474
 jmcbride@cra.com
Business Contact
 Gail Zaslow
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Email: gzaslow@cra.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are becoming a critical part of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Close Air Support-Troops in Contact (CAS-TIC) missions. Aerial imagery can provide ground forces with critical information about enemy capabilities and locations. However, monitoring video imagery from an aerial platform is often challenging due to poor image quality and other issues which reduce image interpretability, such as platform/sensor instability, target size, and environmental artifacts. These issues can make it difficult or impossible to discover and monitor important targets and events. To address this problem, we propose a suite of algorithms called Video and Image Enhancement Workbench for Aerial Surveillance and Tracking (VIEW-FAST). VIEW-FAST consists of four modules: (1) image correction to correct blur and boost contrast, (2) image stabilization to compensate for camera shake, (3) super-resolution to reveal fine scene details, and (4) target tracking to reduce the burden on the operators attention and allow multi-tasking. This system will increase sensor operator effectiveness in ISR and CAS-TIC missions, making them more successful and reducing personnel requirements. BENEFIT: The clearest commercial application of this technology is the thousands of UAV imaging platforms currently deployed by various branches of the DoD for ISR and close air support. Other applications include border patrol, search and rescue, news media and law enforcement pursuit.

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