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Effective Character Restoration and Enhancement for Arabic Text Documents

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-07-C-M010
Agency Tracking Number: A062-101-2758
Amount: $727,257.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-101
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-09-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2009-09-21
Small Business Information
1427 Cerro Verde
San Jose, CA 94043
United States
DUNS: 115713492
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ismail Haritaoglu
 (650) 641-7111
Business Contact
 Esin Darici Haritaoglu
Title: VP, Director
Phone: (408) 506-4624
Research Institution

Polar Rain proposes to develop fast and efficient character restoration and image enhancement algorithms and software for Arabic text document images. Our proposed approach brings innovative solution designed to work on degraded Arabic text document images combining non-language specific image enhancement methods with Arabic specific character restoration algorithm. Computation models used in algorithms takes advantage of Arabic character shapes and appearance features to remove artifacts, marks, general noise during enhancement process. Proposed software design allows seamless integration with third party OCR products through set of application programming interfaces and provides significant increase in their recognition accuracy on degraded Arabic document images. We will deliver and demonstrate our prototype software with fully integrated COTS Arabic OCR product as well as Polar Rain’s OCR products.

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