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MOCA: Monitoring of Crowd Activities

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-07-P-0020
Agency Tracking Number: S062-014-0002
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM06-014
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-01-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-07-17
Small Business Information
2595 Rossmere Street, Colorado Springs, CO, 80919
DUNS: 171897239
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Woodworth
 Sr. Engineer
 (719) 213-4480
Business Contact
 Terrance Boult
Title: CEO & CTO
Phone: (719) 963-0573
Research Institution
The MOCA project will develop a network-enabled DSP+FPGA-enhanced image-intensified embedded system for self-contained low-power monitoring of crowds in open and in complex urban terrain. The Phase I effort will develop new algorithms explicitly for crowd management, rather than building on the traditional intelligent video surveillance algorithms that are focused on isolated targets in motion. Phase I will also address re-identification of the same individual across sensors and time. The sensor, building on past projects, will be able to support an image-based detection and report classes of targets (e.g., reporting a dismounted human, van or pickup) as well as individual face-based biometrics. While it can support them, the system design departs from the more traditional background-subtraction-based approaches that have been shown difficult to extend to complex environments with considerable moving clutter and dense crowds. The proposal's approach combines unique crowd-oriented real-time optic-flow analysis with a hypothesize/recognize and track approach for larger scale motion and sensor-to-sensor handoff. The effort will analyze the use of DSP+ FPGAs to support real-time computation of features of flow and for recognition/detection at low power. Without the massive compute power of the 1.3Million gate FPGA + a 600Mhz DSP, processing the mega-pixel images would not be possible in a low cost 7w system weighting under 2kg. The combination of recognition and flow-based processing, both enabled by the FPGA acceleration, will allow the system to work on active PTZs and with dense moving crowds. The feature-enriched tracking will support tracking through occlusion, tracking from moving sensors, tracking in clutter, and sensor-to-sensor handoff.

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