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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0513
Agency Tracking Number: N102-130-0338
Amount: $79,580.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N102-130
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-09-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-03-23
Small Business Information
2137 Defense Highway, Suite 12
Crofton, MD 21114
United States
DUNS: 097775100
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Barton Huxtable
 (410) 451-6799
Business Contact
 Kancham Chotoo
Title: Vice President
Phone: (410) 451-4799
Research Institution

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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