NASA SBIR 2004 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 04 E3.01-8639
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Automation and Planning
PROPOSAL TITLE: A Constraint-based Geospatial Data Integration System for Wildfire Management

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
FETCH TECHNOLOGIES
2041 Rosecrans Ave, Suite 245
El Segundo, CA 90245-4789
(310)414-9849

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Steven Minton
Minton@Fetch.com
2041 Rosecrans, Suite 245
El Segundo, CA 90245-4789
(310)414-9849

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
We propose to develop a constraint-based system for automatically integrating online, heterogeneous data sources with geospatial data produced by NASA in order to allow users to easily analyze terrestrial phenomena, such as wildfires. Current commercial technology permits only limited types of integration - usually between structured databases - in this regard. However, particularly with the emergence of the Internet, there now exist an enormous number of other online information sources that can be combined with maps, MODIS products, and other geospatial products in order to better assist human analysis. In this project we will extend an existing constraint-based data integration system that we previously developed to allow users to easily integrate online data, annotate and extend that data (to add a layer of "knowledge" on top of the raw data), and rapidly identify updates to data. This will result in a concise, rich, integrated interface that allows one to more easily and quickly analyze complicated phenomena. We intend to demonstrate the feasability of this approach in the context of a real application, wildfire management and pre-season planning.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
The project will directly explore a specific application area, wildfire management and pre-season planning, where NASA products are of critical importance. The project team will collaborate with end users at the Okanogan-Winatchee National Forest, as well as with members of the Ecological Forecasting group at NASA Ames who are developing new data products relevant to wildfire prevention.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
The technology described will allow online, heterogeneous data sources to be integrated with geospatial data in a customized fashion, an important capability for our existing military and government customers. In addition, this technology is critical for a new market we are exploring - situation monitoring for emergency planning and response.