Sensor Processing and Image Fusion for Passive Target Recog

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 40198
Amount: $66,500.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 1998
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
7047 Carroll Road, San Diego, CA, 92121
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Amir Sarajedini
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Business Contact
 Dr. Michael Dowe
Phone: () -
Research Institution
 University of California
 Dr. Paul M. Chau 
 9600 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA, 92093
 Nonprofit college or university
The demand for carrying out a complete signal processing task, from multiple sensor output processing to feature extraction to automatic target identification and recognition on a physically restricted platform such as a UAV demands that the signal processor hardware perform all the tasks with minimal hardware. Thus, the hardware must be reconfigurable. The recent advances in the processing power of FPGA's makes such a signal processor attainable. ISL proposes to use its extensive experience in Reconfigurable hardware development and Pattern Recognition to develop an multi passive-imaging system for ATR on a UAV platform. This system will fuse output from multiple imaging devices (CCD arrays, infrared imagers, and millimeter wave imagers) using a novel image combining algorithm with a rule base to fuse the images, use universal classification to prescreen the data, and use a Gram-Schmidt method or a neural network to classify the data. The rapid pace of development in FPGA technology will allow all these functions to be performed on a reconfigurable processor architecture.

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