Multilayered Wall Characteristic Extraction for Through Wall Radar Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-12-C-A007
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4892
Amount: $727,234.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-084
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
3 Red Bird Lane, Conshohocken, PA, -
DUNS: 962845686
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Benita Luttcher
 (610) 943-2357
Business Contact
 Ahmad Hoorfar
Title: Senior Scientist
Phone: (610) 519-7223
Research Institution
In this SBIR Phase II research, we propose to i) improve robustness and efficiency of the algorithms and techniques, which we developed in Phase I for wall parameter estimation, detection of metallic-backed walls, and characterization and near real-time imaging of wall"s interior structure, ii) extend the developed techniques to a combination of an exterior and interior walls, iii) investigate performance of the techniques in presence of ground reflections, wall edge diffraction, and other multipath effects that may be present in an operational terrain, and iv) develop handheld and portable radar systems that incorporate one or more of the developed capabilities. To achieve these tasks, we have put together an outstanding team of researchers from eWave Informatics (EWI), Villanova University (VU), University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK), and Wyle Inc. Our team has extensive expertise in both algorithms and hardware development in electromagnetics, radar, signal processing, antennas, and RF systems as applied in through-the-wall-sensing and imaging. In addition, we have teamed up with Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, a non-profit entity, which will provide us with commercialization assistance and help in securing required resources for transitioning the proposed algorithms and systems to fully developed commercial products in Phase III.

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