NASA SBIR 2004 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 04 E3.03-8392
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Geospatial Data Analysis Processing and Visualization Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: An Object Configuration Similarity Approach to Georegistration

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Milcord LLC
1050 Winter Street Suite 1000, #10008
Waltham, MA 02451-1402
(617)905-1486

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Peggy Agouris
pagouris@milcord.com
20 Godfrey Drive
Orono, ME 04473-3610
(207)581-2180

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
Conflation and co-registration are critical applications for NASA, especially for co-registration of datasets differing in scale, resolution, sensor spectrum range (e.g. optical with IR or thermal imagery). Traditional georegistration solutions in the geospatial, photogrammetric, and computer vision communities select a set of control features in an existing database and identify the same features in an incoming dataset. However, these registration algorithms are not robust due to variations in scale, resolution, and sensor characteristics, where the identification of control features becomes a complex and challenging process. Recent NASA sponsored innovations include Feature Analyst (FA) automation with a registration scheme that is along the lines of traditional tools (e.g. use few control features to co-register two datasets). Here, we propose a new approach based object configuration similarity. Our solution - a departure from traditional approaches ? uses abstract spatial relations (e.g. three square buildings forming an orthogonal triangle with a river running between them) as matching features, and transforms the registration problem into a spatial similarity assessment problem. Our approach results in unparalleled pull-in range as coarse location data are adequate to support the recovery of registration information for a configuration.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
NASA applications include the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Core System (ECS) Synergy Program, NASA Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAAC), Remote Data Store (RDS). We intend to pursue opportunities with DAAC prime contractor Raytheon, and University Lab Synergy partners.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
Other potential users of our proposed technology is the Geospatial One-Stop Program, NOAA Electronic Navigational Charts Program, various NGA programs, DoD Distributed Common Ground System (AF), Army Common Ground Station (CGS) program (Army), UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and SWARM (Smart Warfighting Array of Reconfigurable Modules) programs.