Link-Clustering Techniques for Group Dismount Tracking

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-04-C-R244
Agency Tracking Number: 04SB1-0409
Amount: $99,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: SB041-024
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
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Principal Investigator
 Laughton Stanley
 Senior Engineer
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Business Contact
 John Barry
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (781) 273-3388
Research Institution
Detection and tracking of dismounts in foliage is difficult due to low target speed, foliage attenuation, small target RCS, internal clutter motion, forest animals, and target motion dynamics. The detection of individual dismounts reliably with reasonable false alarm rates will be extremely difficult in some circumstances and may require extended periods of observation. However if dismounts travel in groups, the structure and number in the group may be exploited to improve detectability and to derive additional tactically significant information. ALPHATECH proposes to develop link-clustering techniques which will improve identification and tracking of dismount groups by treating them as a group rather than as individuals. These techniques will identify and associate members of a group so that they may be separated from individuals and animals which do not belong to the group kinematically. In addition, we will extract tactically significant group features such as size, extent, structure, position and velocity which may be used by down stream processes or directly by war fighters to infer composition and intent.

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