Passive Optical Modeling (POM)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9550-07-C-0021
Award Id:
73354
Agency Tracking Number:
F054-006-0055
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
4515 Seton Center Parkway, Suite 320, Su, Austin, TX, 78759
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
158034665
Principal Investigator:
ThayneCoffman
Principal Scientist
(512) 342-0010
tcoffman@21technologies.com
Business Contact:
DarrinTaylor
Chief Operations Officer
(512) 342-0010
dtaylorz@21technologies.com
Research Institute:
THE UNIV. OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Rochelle Athey
Office of Sponsored Projects, P.O. Box 7
Austin, TX, 78713
(512) 471-6448
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The Passive Optical Modeling (POM) system will be developed in partnership between 21st Century Technologies and the University of Texas at Austin. POM gives aerial platforms the ability to reconstruct 3D models of static backgrounds and moving vehicles using only low-altitude passive imagery. POM provides a complete battlefield modeling solution by integrating three subsystems into a coherent whole. The Real-Time Structure From Motion (RTSFM) system reconstructs 3D models of static backgrounds using a passive video camera. The Passive Acquisition, Tracking, and Handoff of Ground Moving Target Indication (PATH) system uses byproducts of the RTSFM modeling process to detect and track moving vehicles. The Vehicle Structure Recovery from a Moving Aerial Platform (VSRMAP) system leverages RTSFM and PATH data to recover 3D models of the moving targets with non-model-based and model-based approaches. POM also extends Professor Alan C. Bovik's world-leading SSIM image quality metric to provide a novel and superior metric for assessing reconstructed 3D structure models. POM extends Professor J.K. Aggarwal's groundbreaking work on interpreting and labeling events on tracked objects to improve our tracking and reconstruction results. By modeling moving and articulated ground targets, POM represents a significant advance in the military applicability of 3D modeling systems.

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