Enhancing Situational Awareness to Counter Swarming and Other Nonlinear, Dispersed Tactics Against Naval Surface Forces

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$80,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-13-C-0033
Agency Tracking Number:
N122-117-0805
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N122-117
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Small Business Information
Toyon Research Corp.
6800 Cortona Drive, Goleta, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
054672662
Principal Investigator:
Robert Wilkerson
Analyst
(805) 968-6787
rwilkerson@toyon.com
Business Contact:
Marcella Lindbery
Director of Contracts
(805) 968-6787
mlindbery@toyon.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Toyon proposes to research and develop algorithms and software that provide enhanced situational awareness to watchstanders of naval vessels. These algorithms will employ advanced data fusion and pattern recognition technologies with the primary objective of identification and early warning of hostile swarming or other nonlinear, dispersed tactics in a 360-degree field-of-regard around the vessel. Fusion algorithms will provide persistent feature-aided tracking, target classification, and target fingerprinting to monitor and characterize each surface vessel in the surveillance region. This set of tracks will supply the data from which group behavioral features will be extracted for subsets of tracks hypothesized to form a coordinated"swarm group". These features will then feed a threat detection algorithm that will detect abnormal behaviors that are observed, such as coordinated actions by a group of targets. In Phase I, Toyon will perform a feasibility study of the proposed solution by developing and extending component data fusion algorithms, designing the group behavioral feature models, and evaluating anomaly detection performance to meet the specified technical objectives of the project.

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