High Dynamic Range Sensor Simulation

Period of Performance: 03/27/2008 - 05/04/2009

$150K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

JRM Enterprises, Inc.
1127 International Parkway, Suite 115 Array
Fredericksburg, VA 22406
Principal Investigator

Abstract

JRM Technologies proposes to develop a comprehensive set of innovations for high dynamic range (HDR) and high-fidelity (HF) advancements in real-time sensor simulation of night imaging devices like NVG, FLIR and SAR. The Phase I effort will perform design and proof-of-concept studies to address key legacy simulator limitations, specifically focusing in the following areas intended to improve the target acquisition and overall training experience for the warfighter: (1) creation of a new HDR/HF sensor-material texture database format suitable for GPU DXT real-time decompression, mip-mapping, bump-mapping and HDR factors; (2) improved satellite and RGB imagery classification algorithms and NPSI Standards for generation of sensor databases in this new HDR format. (3) advanced 16-32 bit HDR techniques for real-time signature and atmospherics rendering for EO/IR and RF sensors using the latest COTS GPU shaders, particularly focusing on plumes, light points, smokes and obscurants, and scattering; (4) advanced techniques for real-time 16-32 bit NVG and FLIR sensor effects simulation; and (5) techniques for 16-24-bit DVI port output for stimulation of HDR displays.