Advanced Algorithms for Point Target Detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F08630-01-C-0036
Agency Tracking Number: 011MN-0840
Amount: $99,977.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
TANNER RESEARCH, INC.
2650 East Foothill Boulevard, Mailstop 100, Pasadena, CA, 91107
DUNS: 195754056
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Bartolac
 Senior Scientist
 (626) 792-3000
 tom.bartolac@tanner.com
Business Contact
 Kevin Dinniene
Title: Controller
Phone: (626) 792-3000
Email: 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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