March 21 - 23, 2011, Marriott Wardman Park,Washington
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Situational Awareness (SA) systems leveraging Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographical
Information Systems (GIS) have become a mainstay for vehicles, troops, and unmanned systems.
Unfortunately, in urban, semi-urban or canopied terrain, GPS signals can be difficult or impossible to
receive consistently. New and alternative tools to enhance situational awareness are needed to fill
this gap. Road signs can potentially serve as an alternative to GPS in these environments – by
definition; they are designed to provide information related to location. This session will discuss the
development of ESARR: a tool for enhanced situational awareness via road sign recognition. The
system has been designed to quickly and easily provide enhanced SA to the warfighter by capturing &
processing road sign images in stills/video and extracting information from them. It relates extracted
information to maps/GIS to ascertain position (i.e. geo-bounding), and efficiently communicates this
information back to the soldier in a manner that is timely and informative. ESARR is based on a
combination of advanced image processing techniques and is able to perform the road sign reading
function robustly under a variety of conditions from video in real-time.
Dr. Mitchell Rohde
Chief Operating Officer
Quantum Signal, LLC
This session will discuss current efforts to add a modern high speed network to legacy aircraft utilizing
only existing wiring. With this technology, aircraft power lines, as well as control and/or signal wiring,
can become dual purpose (original use + high bandwidth data) resulting in a cost-effective upgrade
valuable to thousands of aircraft worldwide. This design leverages existing commercial broadbandover-
powerline technology to provide high bandwidth network communications over existing aircraft
wiring. The underlying technology is designed to provide a high speed network over standard home
power wiring. This technology is being modified to develop devices for the aircraft environment that
enables operation over most common types of aircraft wiring and power systems. Leveraging this
reliable and established technology will minimize the cost and compress the development schedule,
as well as enable the end product to benefit from future improvements to the technology driven by the
highly competitive commercial market.
5-D Systems, Inc
Lunch will be served during this session.
A wide variety of unmanned air vehicles carrying various sensors are increasingly deployed on
today’s battlefield for ISR missions. These UAV platforms provide a wealth of ISR data mainly
captured with video sensors. These video sensors provide considerable amounts of data for
exploitation, suitable for various types of assisted and autonomous processing including target
recognition, tracking, contextual scene analysis, aimpoint generation, forensic analysis, and
behavioral characterization. Generally smaller UAVs do not have existing sensor models and sensor
pointing direction may not be well known. These limitations make associating accurate position
information with the full motion video (FMV) difficult using current techniques. This session will
discuss upgrading the Precision Georegistration and Targeting Application (PGTA) developed to
automatically produce georegistered FMV in real-time. These upgrades address current issues by
providing computationally efficient and accurate georegistration of the FMV without the requirement
for an associated sensor model.
Information Systems Laboratories (ISL)
This session will present research to determine the feasibility of using a novel software approach to
automatically extract, summarize and visualize geo-spatial and temporal data of massive video
archives. Displaying results at sixty times the normal speak enables the analysts to detect subtle
patterns, anomalies, trends over short and long periods of times as well as variations between batters
at different times of day. The video analyst uses pointandclick
access to interactively examine and investigate the target video clip in more detail. The analyst
searches for relevant video clips by specifying data on location, time, object classification, behavior or
other derived information. They control all parameters relating to classification, time compression,
summarization and presentation.
Blue Shift LLC
President and Founder
videoNEXT Network Solutions, Inc.
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