Advanced Algorithms for Point Target Detection

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,977.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F08630-01-C-0036
Award Id:
52424
Agency Tracking Number:
011MN-0840
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
TANNER RESEARCH, INC. (Currently Tanner Research Inc.)
2650 East Foothill Boulevard, Mailstop 100, Pasadena, CA, 91107
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
195754056
Principal Investigator:
Thomas Bartolac
Senior Scientist
(626) 792-3000
tom.bartolac@tanner.com
Business Contact:
Kevin Dinniene
Controller
(626) 792-3000
kevin.dinniene@tanner.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
New developments in neuromorphic concepts permit massively parallel signal processing co-located with the cryogenic focal plane detector array. The Wave Process is a low-contrast moving point target detection algorithm that is efficiently implemented in acompact analog VLSI circuit. It reduces the data rate to downstream sensor processing, while providing data with a higher density of target information than the scene as a whole, resulting in smaller, lighter sensors with improved mission performance.Tanner Research proposes to dramatically increase the Wave Process signal/noise by adding Elementary Motion Detection as a pre-processing function. We will also make major improvements in Wave Process detection of stealth targets by adding Optical Flow andshape-finding post-processing functions.In Phase I, Tanner Research will develop and demonstrate these extensions to the Wave Process algorithm, using an existing high-fidelity simulation and validated imagery data sets representing scenarios relevant to AFRL. We will quantify the improvedtarget detection capability, and establish goals and approaches for the Phase II effort.Compact, low-cost, high performance sensors for point target detection will provide new space-based surveillance capabilities, reliable cruise missile detection, advanced miniature seekers, and collision avoidance for manned and unmanned aircraft. We willpursue technology insertion opportunities with existing sensor platform and seeker primes.

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