Vision with a Purpose: Inferring the Function of Objects in Video

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-10-C-0262
Agency Tracking Number: 08SB2-0398
Amount: $749,950.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: SB082-021
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
Kitware
28 Corporate Drive, Clifton Park, NY, -
DUNS: 010926207
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Matt Turek
 Research Scientist
 (518) 881-4942
 matt.turek@kitware.com
Business Contact
 Yvette Fitzgerald
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (518) 371-3971
Email: y.fitzgerald@kitware.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
On Phase 1, we developed an approach to functional object recognition that learns functional models from video tracks in an unsupervised fashion. On Phase 2, we will expand the algorithms and concepts developed on Phase 1 into a comprehensive prototype system that performs functional object recognition across a wide variety of object classes. The system will be robust against track fragmentation and errors in observables, and it will incorporate local scene context and object interactions. Additional object classes can be added with little effort, as unsupervised learning will reduce or remove any requirement for labeled training data. The developed capability will be integrated into VIBRANT, our VIRAT system, as a new content descriptor module that can be indexed and queried.

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