Autonomous Multi-Sensor Registration Toolkit

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-C-1675
Agency Tracking Number: F031-0658
Amount: $3,290,430.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: AF03-193
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
ALPHATECH, INC.
6 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA, 01803
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Victor Tom
 (781) 273-3388
 vtom@alphatech.com
Business Contact
 John Barry
Phone: (781) 273-3388
Email: jbarry@alphatech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
ALPHATECH proposes to develop a modular system for building and evaluating autonomous multi-sensor geo-registration technologies based on a rigorous mathematical framework and the utilization of a multi-attribute geospatial database. The multi-sensor geo-registration problem is an estimation problem where the objective is to estimate the sensor collection (i.e., sensor/platform position and attitude) parameters that result in the best spatial correspondence of information between the collected sensor data and a model of the real world as represented by a geo-referenced 3-D multi-source fiducial dataset. In Phase I, ALPHATECH developed a multi-sensor, multi-feature representation for the reference dataset and demonstrated key component match algorithms, sensor model updating, and end-to-end registration results. In Phase II we will implement a fiducial database and algorithms to: 1) build experimental fiducial databases over representative sites focusing on FLIR, SAR and GMTI data; 2) develop an experimental infrastructure to automate match (registration) performance evaluation; 3) develop additional match algorithms; 4) develop pre-screening algorithms to determine scene content to adapt registration strategy; 5) perform extensive registration performance evaluation using government supplied multi-sensor datasets; and 6) perform timing and software complexity analysis and algorithm refinement to address issues in eventual integration of this technology in fieldable systems (onboard and ground-based).

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