Dynamic Sensor Management of Dispersed and Disparate EO/IR Sensors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8718-06-C-0033
Agency Tracking Number: F061-251-1445
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-251
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
SCIENTIFIC SYSTEMS COMPANY, INC
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 859244204
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Adel El-Fallah
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 933-5355
 adel@ssci.com
Business Contact
 Robert Simpson
Title: Mgr of Fin/Controller
Phone: (781) 933-5355
Email: rsimpson@ssci.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Sensor management of dispersed and disparate EO/IR sensors presents a daunting theoretical and practical challenge. Scientific Systems Company, Inc. of Woburn MA and its subcontractor, Lockheed Martin MS2 Tactical Systems (LMTS) of Eagan MN, propose a foundational, control-theoretic approach to such sensor management that draws upon basic research previously completed by us for AFOSR. It is based on three innovations: (1) a multisensor-multitarget likelihood function which encapsulates all relevant information regarding the characteristics of the various sensors; (2) a "dynamic situational significance map" that mathematically specifies the meaning of "tactical significance" for a given theater at a given moment; (3) an intuitively meaningful and potentially computationally tractable objective function, namely the expected number of targets of tactical significance (ToTI's); and (4) integration of these concepts with approximate multitarget filters (specifically, first-order multitarget moment filters and multi-hypothesis correlator (MHC) engines). Under this approach, sensors will be directed to preferentially collect observations from targets with actual or potential ToTI status, according to an adaptively modified definition of tactical significance. The project team includes Dr. Ronald Mahler of Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin will provide both technical and commercialization support in the application of sensor management technologies.

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