Network-Centric Multiple Frame Association For Distributed Multiple Target Tracking

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F33615-02-M-1215
Agency Tracking Number: 021SN-1632
Amount: $99,669.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
PO Box 271246, Ft. Collins, CO, 80527
DUNS: 956324362
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Aubrey Poore
 (970) 419-8343
Business Contact
 Jeff Poore
Title: Vice President
Phone: (970) 419-8343
Research Institution
"Multiple frame data association methods such as MHT (multiple hypothesistracking) and MFA (multiple frame assignments) have establishedthemselves as the preferred tracking method. The reason for the successof this class of methods is that difficult data association decisionsare held in abeyance until additional information is available. Thiscapability has been developed for either single sensor tracking and fora centralized architecture for multiple sensor tracking; however, itsuffers from single-point-failure, delays, and communication loading.Thus, one must turn to a distributed architecture for bothestimation/fusion and data association.The objective of the proposed program is the development of adecentralized network-centric multiple frame assignment (MFA) class ofarchitecture algorithms that affordably preserves the quality of acentralized architecture across a network of platforms while managingcommunication loading and achieving a consistent air picture on entitiesof interest for each platform. Using an extensive set of trackingmetrics on real AWACS data and high fidelity simulated data, issuesassociated with these architectures will be investigated and solutionsproposed. Numerica, Inc. has a very successful record of developing algorithms(specifically in the target tracking area), implementing the algorithmsusing highly-structured object-oriented software techniques, andlicensing the software to defense contractors and the

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