Exploiting Raster Maps for Imagery Analysis

Period of Performance: 09/14/2006 - 06/14/2006


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Geosemble Technologies
841 Apollo Street, Suite 400
El Segundo, CA 90245
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

University of Southern California
3720 S. Flower Street, 325
Department of Contracts
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Institution POC


Maps are an incredibly rich source of information, but the information contained in a map is often locked up in a raster image. Sometimes the original source data used to create the map is available, but more often than not this information has either been lost or is not available. In the proposed project, we propose to develop the technology that will make it possible to exploit the huge number of raster maps available and use them for imagery analysis. In particular, we will develop the technology for automatically finding online raster maps, automatically aligning the raster maps with satellite imagery, and automatically extracting the information contained in a maps, such as transportation networks, hydrographic layers, and the textual labels on the information. The resulting technology will allow an analyst to view a satellite image for any place in the world, automatically find and align the maps covering that region, and then overlay selected layers from the map to better understand the information shown in an image.