Report-to-Track Data Fusion

Period of Performance: 12/12/2006 - 11/24/2009

$750K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Simventions, Inc.
100 Riverside Parkway Array
Fredericksburg, VA 22406
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Though data fusion technology has made significant strides in the last few years, combat systems still need a more reliable way to combine and resolve target data from multiple onboard and off-board sensors. Users of data fusion, such as Northrop Grumman, need a way to select among competing data fusion technologies. Additionally, a data fusion algorithm that was developed for a specific problem space may have broader applicability that is difficult to uncover using traditional "solve the problem at hand" acquisition processes. There is no convenient way for customers to evaluate data fusion algorithms from a variety of suppliers or to evaluate data fusion algorithms designed for one environment against a different environment. There is no way to objectively determine "best of breed" across multiple domains. SimVentions will develop a Data Fusion Algorithm Simulation, Stimulation, and Evaluation Tool (DF-ASSET) that provides a realistic, repeatable, verified, and validated source of sensor reports to data fusion algorithm(s), and then computes metrics to measure the correctness and performance of the algorithm(s) against ground truth and each other. DF-ASSET is a modular, open, component-based test bed that can support stimulation and/or simulation of "data fusion algorithm(s), automating the resulting metrics, reports, and analysis.