Real-Time Image Restoration for Image Enhancement and an Increased Target Acquisition Range

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAB07-02-C-P602
Agency Tracking Number: A002-2361
Amount: $729,825.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2520 W. 237th Street, Torrance, CA, 90505
DUNS: 033449757
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Emile Fiesler
 Director
 (310) 530-7130
 EFiesler@intopsys.com
Business Contact
 Reuben Sandler
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (310) 530-7130
Email: RSandler@intopsys.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"The U.S. Army plans to deploy a new generation of forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensors with more than a million pixels per image, generated at the television frame rate. With this unprecedented image detail, it will be necessary to process those imagesin real time using a super-resolution approach if they are to enable the timely identification of targets of interest. Building on successful Phase I results, Intelligent Optical Systems (IOS) proposes, in Phase II, to design, and generate completemanufacturing specifications for, an application-specific integrated circuit that incorporates image resolution enhancement algorithms developed specifically for military applications. When fabricated and inserted into a FLIR video sensor, this chip willbe able to perform frame-by-frame image restoration in real time (at 30 or 60 Hz), greatly enhancing system performance. IOS will work closely with Raytheon and other commercialization partners and secure commitments to insure the rapid deployment of thistechnology after successful completion of this Phase II research. Hardware (chip-scale) implementation of the algorithms developed in Phase II will achieve greater resolution enhancement at the needed frame rates, at lower cost, size, and weight than anyalternative approach-making this technology a clearly preferable choice for many military and commercial applications."

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