A Submersible Video Recorder for Marine Biological Surveys

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG133R-05-CN-1202
Agency Tracking Number: NOAA 05-14
Amount: $74,942.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.1.13
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2005-1
Small Business Information
Management Sciences, Inc.
6022 Constitution Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87110
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Carl Stern
 Senior Research Scientist
 (505) 255-8611
 carl_stern@mgtsciences.com
Business Contact
 Marlene Blemel
Title: President
Phone: (505) 255-8611
Email: kay_blemel@mgtsciences.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
We propose research to develop and demonstrate a deeply submersible video plankton recording system (ViPR) to perform image recording of plankton. The ViPR will apply artificial intelligence to 2-D or 3-D imaging using pattern recognition for a statistically reliable survey of plankton using two cameras, one for larger zooplankton and the other for microplankton. The ViPR computer will be PC compliant with a real-time operating system and a memory expandable to terabytes. It will also have processors to control the operation of the VPR, communications, and a new 3-D wavelet processing algorithm that will provide feature data to a Bayesian data fusion architecture that performs adaptive and trainable context based artificial intelligence to classify, identify and count plankton. The mono or stereo pattern recognition algorithms will process selected images from this sequence and combine each pair in such a way to classify, identify and count plankton populations with context data.

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