Exploiting Raster Maps for Imagery Analysis

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-06-C-0120
Agency Tracking Number: F064-004-0036
Amount: $99,945.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-T004
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2041 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 245, El Segundo, CA, 90245
DUNS: 175898175
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ching-Chien Chen
 Director of Research and Engineerin
 (310) 414-9849
 jchen@geosemble.com
Business Contact
 Scott Battenburg
Title: VP of Finance
Phone: (310) 414-9849
Email: sbattenburg@fetch.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
 Barbara A Lewis
 Dept. of Contracts & Grants
Los Angeles, CA, 90089
 (213) 740-6061
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Maps are an incredibly rich source of information, but the information contained in a map is often locked up in a raster image. Sometimes the original source data used to create the map is available, but more often than not this information has either been lost or is not available. In the proposed project, we propose to develop the technology that will make it possible to exploit the huge number of raster maps available and use them for imagery analysis. In particular, we will develop the technology for automatically finding online raster maps, automatically aligning the raster maps with satellite imagery, and automatically extracting the information contained in a maps, such as transportation networks, hydrographic layers, and the textual labels on the information. The resulting technology will allow an analyst to view a satellite image for any place in the world, automatically find and align the maps covering that region, and then overlay selected layers from the map to better understand the information shown in an image.

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