SHARE Under Uncertainty

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,989.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0147-12-C-7181
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
B12A-002-0019
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA12-T002
Solicitation Number:
2012.A
Small Business Information
6825 Pine Street, Suite 141, Omaha, NE, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
949183701
Principal Investigator:
Robert Woodley
Senior Scientist
(573) 458-5963
Robert.Woodley@21csi.com
Business Contact:
Stuart Aldridge
Sr. VP, Res&Dev
(402) 505-7887
stuart@21csi.com
Research Institution:
University of Oklahoma
Andrea D CRA
Office of Research Services
201 D. L. Boren Blvd., Ste 150
Norman, OK, 73019-5300
(405) 325-4757
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
In the GMD battlespace, it"s critical to rapidly ascertain specific identifying characteristics of a track so follow-on sensors can match the same track. Currently, sensors communicate track data with differing biases and uncertainties with little data-rich content and attempts to utilize track measurement information and target identification have not provided clear improvements; too little information is made available to few sensors. Addressing this challenge, 21st Century Systems, Inc. (21CSi) and the University of Oklahoma will be investigating a concept, dubbed Sensor Handoff via Advanced REasoning (SHARE) Under Uncertainty, which utilizes nested fusion loops that account for the feature data, applying uncertainty bounds to compare against previous information. SHARE Under Uncertainty, in essence, will play"20 questions"to ascertain how each new piece of data fits with the previous information to further reinforce or discount a track, allowing other possible tracks to be considered. Through examining the sensor characteristics and systematically addressing the uncertainties and biases, our research may be able to uncover common features usable to track targets as they cross sensor modalities. This handing over back and forth capability would allow a network of sensors each with unique characteristics to maintain the surveillance and greatly improve missile defense.

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