Research Opportunity Title - Basic Research in Spatial Sensing Scene Characterization (also known as Imaging) Technology
Program Name - Electro Optics and Infra Red Sensing Technology Research (6.1)
Research Opportunity Number - 13-021
Response Date –
White Papers: 10/09/2013 Full Proposals: 12/11/2013
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) seeks fundamental technical innovations to revolutionize spatial, temporal, and compositional scene characterization at stand-off distances ranging from hundreds of meters to tens of kilometers in different frequency regions of the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum (visible, near, mid and long wavelength infrared as well as millimeter wave). A traditional imaging system augmented with processing and exploitation by computers has been the dominant framework to answer the questions "who, what, where and when." Recent progress in semiconductor arrays for detecting EM radiation has spurred unprecedented advances in imaging sensors in visible and IR bands. In this research announcement, we encourage breaking this familiar paradigm and rethinking the challenge of spatial, temporal, and compositional scene characterization from a new perspective. Specific challenges faced by the Navy, some of which are described below, necessitate this change in thinking. The four (4) specific research topics of interest click here.