Ship Shape: Three-dimensional ship modeling for submarine combat systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$149,998.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N00024-13-P-4552
Solitcitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2013
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N131-024-0340
Solicitation Topic Code:
N131-024
Small Business Information
Stellar Science Ltd Co
6565 Americas Parkway NE, Suite 725, Albuquerque, NM, 87110
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
000000000
Principal Investigator
 Conrad Poelman
 Owner
 (877) 763-8268
 cpdodsbirnet@stellarscience.com
Business Contact
 Conrad Poelman
Title: Owner
Phone: (877) 763-8268
Email: cpdodsbirnet@stellarscience.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The rapid identification of ships from periscope and other imagery is a capability important to a variety of submarine missions, including sea control, anti-surface warfare, battle group support, covert operations landings, and ISR (intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) operations. When spotting a new vessel, the imagery taken from submarines can be useful to construct three-dimensional (3D) computer-aided design (CAD) models of ships that can be used for identification in future sightings, for computer-generated simulations, and for capabilities assessment. Currently the task of ship recognition from images requires substantial human involvement, and model building is labor-intensive. This research project seeks to demonstrate the feasibility of applying modern computer vision techniques to create a Ship Shape system that computes 3D CAD models from submarine periscope imagery of ships, with operator involvement limited to 15-30 minutes per model. We propose to leverage current computer vision techniques and demonstrate proof-of-concept algorithms for each phase of the computation, including image segmentation, sparse shape reconstruction, dense shape reconstruction, and CAD modeling with limited user interaction.

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