Detecting and Tracking Multiple Moving Objects from a Moving Platform

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,768.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-09-C-0491
Agency Tracking Number:
08SB2-0542
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB082-029
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
Dragonfly Pictures, Inc.
PO Box 202, West End of Second Street, Essington, PA, 19029
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
793042243
Principal Investigator:
Bob Rellim
CTO
(917) 324-4654
BobRellim@DragonflyPictures.com
Business Contact:
Greg Piasecki
CFO
(610) 521-6115
GregoryPiasecki@DragonflyPictures.c
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Research is proposed to investigate the feasibility of a novel tracking algorithm that uses spatial context to reason about long term intentions. While it is hard to fully anticipate a person's behavior, we can generate a set of reasonable hypotheses about it by selecting a number of high-level goals for known persons (e.g., a civilian goes to a store or home, a soldier searches for cover, a biker stops at a red light). This innovative technique will fit into a larger effort to detect and track heterogeneous moving obstacles (e.g., cars, humans, and aircraft) in crowded and cluttered environments where multiple occlusions occur. In general, Phase I research will seek to enable: 1) Extraction and tracking of moving objects from moving stereo images in an environment full of moving objects; 2) Tracking of moving objects using short-range prediction techniques; 3) Deduction of a spatial context from moving stereo images; and 4) Tracking of frequently occluded moving objects using long-term behavior reasoning — the essential innovation. Phase I testing will evaluate the performance of the algorithm both on the ground and in the air.

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