Enhanced Realtime Millimeter Wave Imaging Using Hardware Acceleration

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-C-0655
Agency Tracking Number: N061-079-0838
Amount: $743,990.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-079
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
51 East Main Street, Suite 203, Newark, DE, 19711
DUNS: 071744143
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Eric Kelmelis
 Principal Investigator
 (302) 456-9003
Business Contact
 Ahmed Sharkawy
Title: Director
Phone: (302) 456-9003
Email: sharkawy@emphotonics.com
Research Institution
While the need for effective millimeter wave (mmW) imaging systems is clear, there remains a significant gap in the technology needed to realize it, namely the ability to process and enhance mmW imagery in a real-time manner. This is particularly important because raw mmW images appear very fuzzy, are color mapped, and have regions of intensity that are not normally associated with visible and IR images (such as metals being brighter than thermal objects). For this reason, significant processing is necessary in order to (1) improve the resolution of the captured image, (2) reconstruct the image in the case of a sparse aperture system, (3) compensate for motion during imaging (since most mmW imaging systems have relatively long integration times), and (4) provide adequate region screening and visual mapping. To overcome these limitations, we will develop a novel hardware accelerated processor specific for mmW imaging systems. In the Phase I effort we will survey possible techniques and analyze their suitability for being mapped onto a hardware accelerator. Initial implementations will be performed and preliminary results will be obtained on the mmW system currently being built at the University of Delaware.

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