SBIR-STTR Award

Three-Dimensional Imagery Presentation from Multiple Aircraft Sensors
Profile last edited on: 9/25/2021

Program
SBIR
Agency
Army
Total Award Amount
$1,698,661
Award Phase
2
Principal Investigator
Brad Grinstead
Activity Indicator

Company Information

IAVO Research and Scientific (AKA:International Association of Virtual Organizations, Incorporated)

4011 University Drive Suite 204
Durham, NC 27701
   (919) 433-2400
   mreeves@iavo-rs.com
   www.iavo-rs.com
Multiple Locations:   
Congressional District:   01
County:   Durham

Phase I

Phase I year
2016
Phase I Amount
$149,893
The U.S. Army seeks to support Mission Commander (MC) situational awareness (SA) and decision-making by developing 3D presentation software, fusing full-motion video (FMV) and related metadata into a unified, high-utility, display. Our Phase I shall combine information from multiple sensors to generate a single three-dimensional (i.e., 3D) visual representation of the battlefield using innovative probabilistic registration and 3D geometry building techniques. Our solution addresses the stated processing performance objectives, strives to wholly satisfy US Army expectations comprehensively, and is well positioned for success within the Army, broader DOD, and commercial industry. Specifically, we shall apply fusion and probabilistic modeling to automatically distill the nuance of registered 3D data from multi-source, multi-format FMV streams. That logical operational structure will: 1. Ingest FMV and strip out KLV tags for timestamp and location for each frame. 2. Probabilistically associate each subdivision of the working region with image pixels across the entire video stream. 3. Statistically combine the volumetric information to hypothesize 3D registration. 4. Refine the camera parameters based on the probability models and EKF results. 5. Refine existing 3D geometry with newly computed values. 6. Render the scene from a common geospatial viewpoint, using textures synthesized from the acquired video as needed.

Phase II

Phase II year
2017 (last award dollars: 2020)
Phase II Amount
$1,548,768
The U.S. Army seeks to support Mission Commander (MC) situational awareness (SA) and decision-making by developing 3D presentation software, fusing full-motion video (FMV) and related metadata into a unified, high-utility, display.Our Phase I combined information from multiple sensors to generate a single three-dimensional (i.e., 3D) visual representation of the battlefield using innovative probabilistic registration and 3D geometry building techniques. Our solution addressed the stated processing performance objectives, strived to wholly satisfy US Army expectations comprehensively, and is now well positioned for success within the Army, broader DOD, and commercial industry.The Phase I pointed out some specific areas of research and development that should be considered for future efforts, and those form the basis for the proposed Phase II work as:1. Improvements to the base 3D modeling;2. Improved georegistration;3. Real-time optimization of the 3D modeling environment;4. Improved change detection and tracking;5. Automatic data model reduction for archival and exploitation;6. User interface development.