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Computer Learning Obfuscating Adversarial Kit (CLOAK)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-18-C-0803
Agency Tracking Number: N182-127-0221
Amount: $124,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N182-127
Solicitation Number: 18.2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-10-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-04-18
Small Business Information
1400 Crystal Drive Suite 1400
Arlington, VA 22202
United States
DUNS: 036593457
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Thad Goodwyn Thad Goodwyn
 Senior Software Engineer
 (703) 414-5022
Business Contact
 Becky Smith
Phone: (703) 682-1532
Research Institution

In 2013, Szegedy et al. identified a series of “intriguing properties” of neural networks. One property introduced in the paper, “adversarial examples”, describes the possibility of instability in neural network classification when a small perturbation is added to input. Specifically, the authors found that a small strategic perturbation to an input image could cause a classifier to misclassify an object. Given the increasing presence of computer vision and its impact on human safety, the area of adversarial imagery has garnered a lot of attention. Researchers have developed efficient techniques for generating adversarial candidates and have applied them to problems with obvious safety concerns such as road sign classification. On the battlefield, the ramifications are no less serious. In a world of automated tracking and identification, the cost of misclassification can be catastrophic. Further research in adversarial attacks can be leveraged by the Navy to create “digital camouflage” capable of cloaking Navy assets from adversaries. Under this effort, DECISIVE ANALYTICS Corporation (DAC) seeks to advance the state-of-the-art in adversarial imagery through physical world manipulation and data synthesis to provide a portable camouflaging kit to the Navy. To accomplish this goal, DAC proposes the Computer Learning Obfuscating Adversarial Kit (CLOAK) system.

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