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Assistive Compact Convolutional Enhanced Neural Targeting System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-18-C-6505
Agency Tracking Number: N172-102-0043
Amount: $224,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N172-102
Solicitation Number: 2017.2
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-11-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-03-06
Small Business Information
1845 West 205th Street, Torrance, CA, 90501
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Juan Hodelin
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution
To address the Marine Corps need, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Assistive Compact Convolutional Enhanced Neural Targeting (ACCENT) system based on a new design using convolutional neural network (CNN) software implemented on embedded hardware for assisted target recognition and laser pointing. Specifically, the innovation in image processing algorithms and automatic target designation can be implemented onboard the Future Targeting System (FTS) using a modular, open architecture. As a result, the ACCENT system addresses the fundamental problem of aiding the operator by reducing cognitive load given relatively lower-quality input day and night imagery. This enables the potential weight reduction of FTS by reducing optical design requirements, which directly address Marine Corps requirements. The computationally efficient architecture reduces time to provide feedback thus reducing operator exposure. In Phase I, POC plans to develop concepts for enhancing target detection, identification, recognition, and location capabilities of the FTS. We will perform analysis to show improvements, provide a description of the processing needed, and the development approach to making a prototype system. In Phase II, we will develop a scaled evaluation prototype based on the Phase I results, Phase II performance goals, and Marine Corps requirements for enhanced processing capabilities.

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