NASA 1998 SBIR Phase I


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 98-1 24.04-0444

PROJECT TITLE: Computer Aided Data Analysis System

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)

The number airborne and space-based imagery sources is increasing, with expanding bandwidth of spectral information. Deriving thematic information from this data requires an intuitive understanding of relationships between image measures and interpretation measures. The Computer Assisted Data Analysis System (CADAS) proposed here employs innovative intelligence imagery interfaces to solve the data interpretation dilemma. We designate four categories for classification of image analysis tools: image enhancement, feature selection and extraction, image segmentation, and geature recognition. The project's goal is to provide image interpreters teh extra information needed to strengthen the advantages of current viewing methods while decreasing the probability of misinterpretation. A prototype software interface that includes DAO databases, OpenGL graphics interface, and which is DCOM compliant will be the frame of application. Research results will be validated through Thematic Mapper 30 meter 7 bands data and ATLAS 10 meter 13 band data of urban and non-urban environments of the Salt Lake Valley.

POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS

The association between TechniScan and the Center for Remote Senssing and Cartography (CRSC) will allow to combine TechniScan's goal of being at the forefront of imaging technology, and CRSC's goal of providing services to cities for analysis of urban environment. This software analysis package will complement TechniScan's involvement in medical, ultrasound and sonar underwater imaging, ground penetrating radar. Several marketing strategies will be followed simultaneously: (1) a partnership with an existing data analysis company, (2) a providing of services for large volume data analysis, using the tools initiated during this proposal in house, (3) a contract with a company developing satellites and remote sensors, to include a hardware pre-processing version of the algorithms initiated in this proposal, (4) Partnerships with other communities, such as ultrasound companies, to include software and hardware versions of the current algorithms onto the next generation imaging scanners.

NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Thierry J. Guillerm
TechniScan, Inc.
2455 Saint Mary's Drive
Salt Lake City , UT 84108

NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR

TechniScan, Inc.
825 North, 300 West, Suite 102
Salt Lake City , UT 84103