Thermal Imaging of the Head for the Sensing and Identification of Concealed Intent

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,960.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-04-M-0140
Award Id:
70206
Agency Tracking Number:
N041-144-1196
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
225 Runnymede Parkway, New Providence, NJ, 07974
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
125624432
Principal Investigator:
Jialin Zhong
Project Manager
(908) 665-8622
jialin_zhong@yahoo.com
Business Contact:
Qi Li
President
(908) 508-0239
qilI@ieee.org
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
There are immediate needs for fast and cost-effective detection of concealed information or intent in homeline security applications such as border control, critical facility access. Unfortunately, traditional polygraph is not suited for this type of fast screening applications because it requires invasive contacts and extra time to administer. To meet today demand, new modalities have to be studied and examined for their potential efficacy in deception intent detection. Preliminary experiments showed that infrared image of face, or facial thermography, was a solution with promise. However, systematic studies are needed before it can be utilized in real applications. In this phase I project, we will address facial thermography problem in the following aspects: Guilty Knowledge Test (GKT) model design, data collection and verification, thermal feature selection and automatic recognition algorithm. GKT experiment is designed based on real world, personal experience and knowledge. The thermal data collected are compared and cross-validated against proven modality of brain activities as reflected in the P3 component of EEG in event-related potentials (ERP). The relevant facial thermagraphy features are selected through signal and statistical analysis. These features will be used in a dynamic pattern recognition scheme for fast and effective detection of deceptive intent. It is our objective that through our systematic and scientific research, the end results of this project will answer the following questions: which and how thermal facial features are related to brain activities resulted from deception related events; what is the range and limitation of these features; how effective they are in detecting deception.

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