Optimization of Sensor Management/Sensor Registration

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-07-C-7752
Agency Tracking Number: B063-009-0338
Amount: $99,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA06-009
Solicitation Number: 2006.3
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
 Scott Miller
 Research Scientist V
 (970) 419-8343
Business Contact
 Jeff Poore
Title: VP/COO
Phone: (970) 419-8343
Email: jbpoore@numerica.us
Research Institution
To provide multiple layers of defense against increasingly complex threats, the heterogeneous sensors of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) must be carefully coordinated to make optimal use of their diverse capabilities. In particular, because information demands are tied to the timeline of various decision points in an engagement, and sensor dynamics impose limitations on the timing of sensing tasks, foresight and planning are crucial to ensure the required information is available in time for effective engagements. A sensor resource manager (SRM) for the BMDS must therefore employ sophisticated models of the sensors to satisfy long-term performance goals. The SRM algorithm proposed here is based on approximate solutions of a partially observable Markov decision process (POMDP), to properly account for dynamics and generate the desired farsighted behavior. Moreover, the algorithm does not depend on analytical sensor models, but rather uses simulation-based functional models for predicting complex local sensor behavior. The functional models are integrated with the performance prediction and search method in a systematic and intelligent way, making the algorithm much more efficient than a naive Monte Carlo approach, and providing several mechanisms for scaling the amount of computation to trade off performance and runtime.

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