Foveated Stereo IR (FoSIR) Imaging for Robotic Navigation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-11-C-0154
Agency Tracking Number: A103-175-0531
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-175
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
PO BOX 1109, Boulder, CO, -
DUNS: 831559716
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hans Wach
 Director of Imaging Systems
 (303) 900-2317
 huck.wach@fivefocal.com
Business Contact
 Alan Baron
Title: CEO
Phone: (303) 900-2317
Email: alan.baron@fivefocal.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop a stereo infrared imaging system capable of simultaneously acquiring panoramic wide field of view for autonomous mapping and navigation, and a rapidly steerable high resolution field of view to improve human perception and collision avoidance for high speed teleoperation. Accurate teleoperation and 3D mapping on ground-based robotic assets is essential for improving operation of UGVs in unmapped, GPS denied arenas. The need for operation in dark, GPS-denied indoor and outdoor environments gives a strong motivation to extend vision based navigation and mapping to the IR spectral range. Some of the significant barriers for successful implementation of IR vision systems for mapping and localization include: the large size, weight, power consumption, and cost of IR systems, the lack of IR imaging systems optimized for 3D mapping and navigation, and the need for signal processing tailored to IR information which is distinct from visible imaging. In this Phase I project, FiveFocal will specifically address each of these barriers through the design of the imaging system and signal processing that extend the innovative dual channel sensor to the IR with the anticipated result of demonstrating IR mapping capability.

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