Intelligent Feature Extractor for Maritime Target (IFEMT)
Navy SBIR FY2018.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2018.1
Topic No.: N181-029
Topic Title: Intelligent Feature Extractor for Maritime Target (IFEMT)
Proposal No.: N181-029-0882
Firm: Intelligent Automation, Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive
Suite 190
Rockville, Maryland 20855
Contact: Satya Ponnaluri
Phone: (301) 294-4248
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Abstract: There are needs to install automatic target recognition system on weapon system. In congested territory that includes enemy and friendly ships, it is essential for the missile to main target track with extremely low false alarm rate to minimize collateral damage. However, there are not many ATR systems transitions to weapon application as most developed ATR system are complex, computational expensive. In poor condition, where there is low return signal to high interference, ATR systems simply do not work. To address this critical need, Intelligent Automation, Inc (IAI) proposes to develop an Intelligent Feature Extractor for Maritime Target (IFEMT) system based on deep learning. The key innovation of the proposed IFEMT system is the transfer-learning based approach adapting the existing deep convolutional neural networks (DCNN) e.g., GoogLeNet as feature extractor, a multi-class support vector machine (MC-SVM) classifier, and high fidelity physics-based synthetic ISAR data.
Benefits: Both government and commercial organization will benefit from the development of IFEMT. The DoD are actively pursuing technology capable to improve the perception of radar signal. IFEMT can be applied directly to DoDÉ?Ts radars to identify not only ship classes but human, vehicles, animals and clutter. It can be used for border surveillance enhancing the understanding of detected threat, and thereby minimizing the number of responses to non-threatening situations such as the detections of animals and false alarms due to wind-blown clutter. It could help agency such NASA to determine region of forest, river, land or ice. IFEMT can also be applied to commercial application. These days, defense contractors are trying to market radar to foreign government or commercial organization which in need of technology to detect oil spills in the ocean, ice movement, changes in deforestation patterns, border surveillance and maritime patrol. IAI has contacts within government prime defense contractors and will actively engage them during the program to integrate IFEMT into their radar systems.