Real-time Multisensor Tracking and Correlation of Surface Targets

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$70,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N00014-04-M-0199
Solitcitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2004
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N041-107-1655
Solicitation Topic Code:
N04-107
Small Business Information
TOYON RESEARCH CORP.
Suite A, 75 Aero Camino, Goleta, CA, 93117
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
054672662
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Sullivan
 Vice President
 (805) 968-6787
 ksullivan@toyon.com
Business Contact
 Marcella Lindbery
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (805) 968-6787
Email: mlindbery@toyon.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Toyon Research Corporation proposes to develop a tracking system that is able to accept measurements from radars and EO/IR sensors to track surface targets. Our approach will be to use a Sequential Monte Carlo Technique, sometimes called Particle Filter, to filter measurements and compute association likelihoods. We will use the association likelihoods in an assignment matrix to perform data association using a modified Auction Algorithm. The particle filter will be designed to accept signatures as well as kinematic information, should it be available. We will explore several different options for simulating the motion of objects on the sea surface. This will include the assumption of a flat surface with process noise as well as approaches that seek to estimate the time-varying surface around each target. We will develop a prototype algorithm that we will evaluate and demonstrate using a computer simulation. We will do this in Phase I by making use of existing particle filter software that we have already developed for tracking ground targets. We propose to implement the filter in a Toyon-developed simulation, called SLAMEM, that has models of radars, EO/IR sensors, UAVs, and surface targets.

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