Multi-Sensor Terrain Fusion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-04-C-0048
Agency Tracking Number: N032-0091
Amount: $69,953.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1900 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA, 90025
DUNS: 053885604
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steven Jaroszewski
 Principal Staff
 (203) 268-1249
Business Contact
 Robert Graziano
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (203) 268-1249
Research Institution
TSC will develop rigorous mathematical techniques to combine digital terrain elevation data from diverse multi-sensor sources to automatically generate a composite Digital Elevation Map (DEM). Sensor sources to be included for Phase I algorithmdevelopment and evaluation include existing DEMs, stereo photogrammetry, LIDAR, IFSAR, and stereo SAR. Quality metrics and error models will be developed for input to advanced regridding techniques which are now being used for IFSAR ground processing.These techniques will be modified to fuse diverse sources of terrain height measurements into an optimal composite DEM. TSC will also investigate co-kriging and novel belief propagation techniques, and investigate methods to detect and remove systematicerrors, including tilts, shifts and biases which plague many sensor data sources. TSC will then design a preliminary full-scale software architecture that is compatible with both Navy and commercial operations.During Phase I, TSC will utilize GFE or in-house multi-sensor terrain data including aerial photos, X/P-band IFSAR and UHF/VHF stereo SAR to demonstrate the feasibility of these techniques. In Phase II, TSC will extend the most promising techniques toprocess data from additional sensors, of interest to the Navy, and will develop software algorithms that can be integrated with existing Navy and NIMA DEM generation tools.

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