Multi-Polarization Inverse Synthetic-Aperture Radar (ISAR) for Automated Ship and Small Craft Classification

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,580.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-10-C-0513
Agency Tracking Number:
N102-130-0338
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N102-130
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
User Systems, Incorporated
2137 Defense Highway, Suite 12, Crofton, MD, 21114
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
097775100
Principal Investigator:
Barton Huxtable
President
(410) 451-6799
bhuxtable@usersystems.com
Business Contact:
Kancham Chotoo
Vice President
(410) 451-4799
kchotoo@usersystems.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Extensive research has shown that multi-polarization SAR data improves ship detection over single-polarization data. Via simulation, researchers have shown that polarimetric SAR and ISAR data improves ship classification. User Systems, Incorporated (USI) plans to use the polarization whitening filter (PWF) algorithm for speckle reduction and the Cameron Decomposition algorithm for feature extraction to improve ship and small craft classification using multi-polarization ISAR data. The PWF algorithm adds the polarimetric channels without the loss of resolution. The Cameron algorithm has proven to be effective in relating the polarimetric information to the physical shape of the targets. For the Phase I effort, USI plans to use available polarimetric SAR data with ships to provide preliminary results.

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