Compressive Sensing in the Tactical Underwater Environment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-M-0294
Agency Tracking Number: N09A-019-0682
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solitcitation Year: 2009
Solitcitation Topic Code: N09-T019
Solitcitation Number: 2009.A
Small Business Information
FastVDO LLC
5840 Banneker Rd., #270, Columbia, MD, 21044
Duns: 118849145
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Zhanfeng Yue
 Research Scientist
 (410) 730-6922
 zyue@fastvdo.com
Business Contact
 Pankaj Topiwala
Title: President
Phone: (410) 730-6922
Email: pankaj@fastvdo.com
Research Institution
 Johns Hopkins University
 Trac Tran
 3400 N. Charles St.,
215 Barton Hall
Baltimore, MD, 21218 2686
 (410) 516-7416
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The relatively opaque and inhospitable ocean medium presents unique and formidable challenges for the task of sensing & recognizing underwater objects. Impenetrable to most forms of electromagnetic radiation, the sea yields a glimpse of its hidden structure mainly through acoustic and optical means, which is the reason that sonar sensors and optical cameras are widely used in the tactical underwater environment (e.g. for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, AUV). For such sensor platform, large amounts of data is often required to be sampled relative to the signal of interest, so is highly sophisticated and computationally expensive techniques for estimating sensing geometry. In order to reduce the sampling and computational requirements, thus increase area coverage rates and relax sensing geometry requirements, FastVDO proposes a complete framework using Compressive sensing (CS) techniques to sense, transmit signal and recognize objects in the underwater environment.

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