Building Recognition by Function

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W91CRB-10-C-0098
Agency Tracking Number: 08ST1-0178
Amount: $749,406.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: ST081-009
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Small Business Information
28 Corporate Drive, Clifton Park, NY, -
DUNS: 010926207
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Anthony Hoogs
 Director of Computer Vision
 (518) 881-4910
Business Contact
 Yvette Fitzgerald
Title: Contracts Specialist
Phone: (518) 371-3971
Research Institution
 University of Pennsylvania
 Mark West
 220 South 33rd Street
107 Towne Building
Philadelphia, PA, 19104-
 (215) 898-3150
 Nonprofit college or university
The goal of BLUE is to identify the function or purpose of buildings using persistant surveillance video such as Constant Hawk or Angel Fire. In Phase 1, we developed preliminary algorithms demonstrating that functional recognition of buildings and other scene elements such as parking spots and doorways is possible, using both supervised and unsupervised techniques to define functional models of building and scene element categories. On Phase 2 we plan to enhance the unsupervised method with elements of the supervised method; extend the set of track features; add comprehensive scene modeling to include relations between scene elements and buildlings; address outstanding research issues such as dealing with poor quality tracks; and test extensively on wide-area video. The resulting algorithms will be implemented in a prototype system integrated with our video processing framework, andsuitable for transitioning into operations.

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