Cognitive Maritime Imaging -- 18-029
Navy SBIR FY2018.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2018.1
Topic No.: N181-066
Topic Title: Cognitive Maritime Imaging -- 18-029
Proposal No.: N181-066-0752
Firm: Metron, Inc.
1818 Library Street
Suite 600
Reston, Virginia 20190
Contact: Kristine Bell
Phone: (703) 326-2913
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Abstract: An adaptive cognitive maritime imaging (CMI) solution is proposed to automatically adjust camera settings in response to dynamic and challenging environmental conditions to maintain optimal performance of the Integrated Submarine Imaging System (ISIS). The CMI framework introduces a feed-back control element to the existing ISIS system that recommends new camera and processing configurations to maximize system utility based on a perception of the scene and environment derived from previously generated imagery. The proposed solution leverages MetronÉ?Ts prior work on cognitive radar and sonar processing, physics-based modeling for image transfer in degraded maritime environments, and operator performance prediction models for various visual tasks. Metron also brings extensive experience with the development, demonstration, integration, and deployment of various technologies for the IWS5A Advanced Capability, Surveillance, and Processor Build programs.
Benefits: Cognitive Maritime Imaging (CMI) is expected to significantly reduce operator workload and improve target detection and classification performance. CMI also finds potential applications in airborne and underwater mine countermeasures, port/harbor and coastal surveillance, subsea inspection of oil and gas drilling infrastructure and pipelines, and in-situ visual inspection of ship hulls. The wide range of applications in both the defense and commercial sectors offers strong prospects for the marketing of CMI technology developed under the proposed effort.