Adaptable Sensor Processing for Passive Targets Using Neuro

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 40276
Amount: $69,738.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1998
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
Post Office Box 1869, 3374, Willow Stree, Ynez, CA, 93460
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark A. Massie
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Business Contact
 Sue Spahr Hodges
Phone: () -
Research Institution
 Northwestern University
 Manijeh Razeghi, PhD. 
 2225 N. Campus Drive, MLSM Rm 4051
Evanston, IL, 60208
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Work to be performed in this program is based upon years of innovative technology development invested by personnel at Nova Research. Techniques proposed here are patterned after biological principles which, when applied to finding targets which are moving against highly cluttered infrared backgrounds, will be shown to exhibit remarkable performance. Sensor and data fusion techniques may be exploited with this architecture to achieve autonomous recognition and targeting performance. Such techniques produce highly superior results as compared to more conventional digital techniques, and may be performed by miniature integrated circuits that are closely coupled to infrared focal plane arrays. Modern infrared detection technology coupled with these massively parallel analog coprocessor devices will usher in the next generation of miniature seekers to be used to satisfy requirements of the national defense. This proposal outlines a program which combines advanced multiple quantum well detector technology developed at Northwestern University with the biologically-inspired massively parallel analog coprocessor technology developed by Nova Research to find targets which have signal-to-clutter ratios less than unity. The operational flexibility and cost effectiveness expected using this approach will lead to the development of numerous commercially viable products.

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