Imaging Automatic Gain control (AGC) for Target Acquisition, Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) and Tracking

Period of Performance: 08/15/1997 - 08/15/1999


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Opts, Inc.
8302-D Whitesburg Dr
Huntsville, AL 35802
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


An Image Automatic Gain Control system is developed that stabilizes target signatures on target information, and increases target signal to noise and signal to clutter ratios. Based on information theoretic methodology, the Automatic Gain Control for Image Enhancement (AGCIE) process is a multilayer approach to real-time gain control. Information enhancement is adaptive and utilizes a priori knowledge by a decision logic that optimizes signal to noise with minimal or no information loss at the output. Application to product inspection, medical imaging, military AIR, surveillance systems, and communications are anticipated.