Program for Estimating Whale Migration Statistics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: WC133R-11-CN-149
Agency Tracking Number: 11-76
Amount: $95,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.1.6F
Solicitation Number: 1
Small Business Information
6800 Cortona Drive, Goleta, CA, -
DUNS: 054672662
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Sullivan
 VP & Senior Scientist
 (805) 968-6787
Business Contact
 Marcella Lindbery
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (805) 968-6787
Research Institution
Toyon proposes to develop software that can process infrared video streams to automatically detect gray whale blows. Additionally, the software will count the number of blows and estimate the speed and the number of whales that are present. We will make use of a novel technique for whale blow detection that Toyon has demonstrated on infrared video of humpback whales. The approach makes use of both the spatial and temporal characteristics of the whale blow to effectively detect it without large numbers of false alarms. In order to estimate the speed and number of whales, we will use a particle filter. We will prove the feasibility of our algorithms in Phase I by processing video supplied by the government and video collected by Toyon at a nearby gray whale migration route. We propose to work with the Gray Whales Count organization, whose whale counting site is located within five miles of Toyon, and/or other organizations specified by the government to collect infrared video of migrating whales and to compare our results with the results collected by trained humans.

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