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Image Correspondence Figure of Merit (FOM)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-17-C-0061
Agency Tracking Number: N161-013-0817
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N161-013
Solicitation Number: 2016.1
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-03-25
Small Business Information
5266 Hollister Avenue, Suite 229
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
United States
DUNS: 097607852
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Elliot Staudt
 Research Staff Member
 (805) 967-9828
Business Contact
 Bangalore Manjunath
Phone: (805) 448-8227
Research Institution

The overarching goal of this Phase II effort is to simplify the job of an analyst when choosing a reference image for image registration. Analysts are typically provided a group of images that overlap a target area. They are tasked with choosing the best among those images to serve as a reference image. However, the qualities that separate good images from mediocre images are subtle and difficult to gauge by eye alone. There are high stakes involved with target acquisition. Any improvements we can make to accuracy and reliability will have immediate and long term benefits. This Phase II effort is aimed at taking the guesswork out of the analyst's job to improve accuracy and reliability by developing a Figure of Merit (FOM). Our approach scans an image using a condition theoretic approach to isolate strong line and corner information, present in the image. It also examines the distribution of that information about the image. We then quantify the quality of the image with respect to registration potential. We also provide a Graphical User Interface (GUI) to streamline the analysts interaction with the FOM. The GUI provides extended functionality to intuitively access and process data on demand.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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