Biologically Motivated Multi-Resolution Feature Sensor for ATR and Advanced Object Recognition Purposes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 41646
Amount: $99,937.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1998
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
375 Van Ness Avenue, Suite, 1105, Torrance, CA, 90501
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Barnabas Takacs
 (310) 212-7808
Business Contact
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Research Institution
WaveBand Corporation proposes to develop a design and implement a distributed, retina-like biological vision model that performs multi-resolution feature extraction at the sensor level, and outputs transformation coefficients for further processing. The approach incorporates our present understanding of the early stages of the human visual system. It implements a network of complex neurons, novel light adaptation mechanism, and feature extraction processes integrated into a multi-resolution scheme allowing for the subsequent pattern recognition system to capture all important aspects of the input. The system will model low-level feature extraction processes (silicon retina) and combine those in a framework of wavelet-like multi-resolution processing. The Phase I project will develop the necessary algorithms and implement a prototype multi-resolution feature extractor demonstrating the operation and applicability of WaveBand's method. Additional algorithms for automatic target recognition using the sensor will be advanced. The demonstrated system will be used to identify key technology gaps and serve as a testbed for performance evaluation and hardware implementation in Phase II and beyond.

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