Profile Fusion for Active Sensor Management

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,777.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F33615-02-M-1202
Agency Tracking Number:
021SN-1453
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Alphatech, Inc.
50 Mall Road, Burlington, MA, 01803
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
094841665
Principal Investigator:
Brian Hodges
Principal Engineer
(781) 273-3388
brian.hodges@alphatech.com
Business Contact:
Andrew Mullin
Gen. Cnsl. & Dir. of Cont
(781) 273-3388
andy.mullin@alphatech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
"ALPHATECH will develop and demonstrate algorithms for managing multi-mode radars and using the acquired profiles to identify targets with high confidence. ALPHATECH has existing technology and expertise in profile exploitation and sensor resourcemanagement. However, no system has been developed for the coordinated exploitation and management of multiple radar modes to identify targets. To accomplish the profile fusion, we propose a statistical analysis of profile data that will yield a set ofmode-dependent weights for fusing data without overcounting information. The result will be a well-behaved classifier that will converge to a conservative classification probability vector. To acquire the profiles, we propose to actively manage thesensor. We will extend an existing ALPHATECH dynamic programming framework for sensor resource management to the problem of managing the sensor to acquire profile data. In the dynamic programming framework, we can model both stochastic and deterministicaspects of the system and derive computationally efficient near-optimal management strategies. Enhanced track continuity enables both improved battle space awareness for surveillance missions, and efficient engagement in targeting missions. ALPHATECHenvisions the technology that will result from this SBIR program effort has the potential for significant interest from a large customer base, both within DoD and the commercial sector. The technology c

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