Robust IED and Landmine Detection Systems Using IR Images

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$1,448,120.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W909MY-06-C-0057
Agency Tracking Number:
A043-124-2060
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
A04-124
Solicitation Number:
2004.3
Small Business Information
MIGMA SYSTEMS, INC.
1600 Providence Highway, Walpole, MA, 02081
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
125933916
Principal Investigator:
Bo Ling
President & CEO
(508) 660-0328
bling@migmasys.com
Business Contact:
Bo Ling
President & CEo
(508) 660-0328
bling@migmasys.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Traditional landmine detection techniques are both dangerous and time consuming. Landmines can be square, round, cylindrical, or bar shaped. The casing can be metal, plastic, or wood. These characteristics make landmine detection challenging. In Phase I, we have developed new methods that improve the performance of both surface and buried mine detection. Extensive tests using actual MWIR images have shown extremely promising results. In Phase II, we will conduct further tests using additional ASTAMIDS data sets. Algorithms developed in Phase I will be further improved, which include an innovative image enhancement algorithm, new buried mine classifiers, better contour extraction method, and LMI based soft fusion. The improved system will be further adapted for IED detection through discriminating buried command wires using IR images collected at the field. We will also develop a commercial product for natural gas pipeline leak detection. Our Phase II prototype system is a combination of both software and hardware with various I/O interfaces to imaging sensors and existing ASTAMIDS systems. All algorithms will be implemented in C/C++ and a sophisticated graphical user interface will be developed in Microsoft VB.NET. Our system can be deployed at either aerial or ground platforms with near real time detection capabilities.

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