Exploitation of Networked Sensor Phenomenology Involving Robust Estimation (ENSPIRE)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,786.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0147-12-C-7825
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
B112-010-0128
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA11-010
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
20532 El Toro Rd Ste 303, Mission Viejo, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
825470987
Principal Investigator:
Kristi O'Grady
Chief Scientist
(949) 716-4290
kogrady@exoanalytic.com
Business Contact:
Holly Bertrand
Chief Operating Officer
(949) 716-4290
bertrand@exoanalytic.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
One of the primary research objectives for multi-sensor data fusion within the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) is the development of novel techniques to enable robust target discrimination. While great strides have been made in recent years to advance capabilities through the use of features available from Forward Based Radars (i.e. AN/TPY-2 and SBX) and emerging optical platforms (i.e. ABIR and PTSS), these algorithms remain coupled to a priori assumptions regarding the lethality characteristics of targets. In a world in which threat characteristics are constantly evolving, it is imperative to develop a target discrimination solution which explicitly separates these internal assumptions the lethal hypothesis from the estimation of physical attributes. In response to this technology need, ExoAnalytic Solutions Inc. proposes ENSPIRE: Exploitation of Networked Sensor Phenomenology Involving Robust Estimation. The objectives of ENSPIRE are: 1) to develop algorithms that adaptively define and solve hierarchical statistical models that link sensor feature data to target attributes through causal physics; 2) to develop an algorithm that combines target attribute estimates with a lethal hypothesis to perform discrimination; and 3) to leverage recent advancements in Information Theory to develop an analytical framework for conducting disciplined trade studies to assess the performance of ENSPIRE.

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