Acoustic Data Software “Intelligent Agent” Search Tool

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-06-C-4124
Agency Tracking Number: N051-063-0372
Amount: $734,867.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-063
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
9500 Innovation Drive, Manassas, VA, 20110
DUNS: 945837219
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Sevick
 Principal Investigator
 (703) 368-6107
Business Contact
 Christine Sigety
Title: Business Manager
Phone: (703) 368-6107
Research Institution
Today’s sonar operators are presented with a voluminous amount of acoustic contact data, spanning a multidimensional search space of arrays, bearings, frequencies, and time. Improvement in arrays, signal processing, and computer performance has led to the ability to detect even more contacts. When combined with high contact density in littoral operating regions, the result can be a loss of contact detection and tracking opportunities. Even when detected, it can be difficult to annotate and log a single contact’s behavior during a watch, much less all the contacts. The opportunity exists to address this problem by combining advances in sonar system automation (e.g. trackers and bell ringers), historical on-boat recording of automation by Progeny’s Data Collection System (DDCS), and Data Mining techniques. While the sonar operator is limited to the data he’s at, sonar system automation continuously searches a larger search space with processing parameters optimized for a given array, frequency range, bell, etc. DDCS continuously records this data for up to ~40 hours. With the proper intelligent agent tools, this data can be mined to provide the sonar operator new near-real-time contact characterization, interrogation, comparison, and behavior prediction capabilities

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