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Proposal Number: SBIR-08-1-TA1-FOR1
Proposal Title: Cargo X-Ray Image Anomaly Detection Using Intelligent Agents
Topic Number: 08.1-1
Phase: Phase I
Topic Title: Signal Processing Algorithms to Nominate Potential Targets and Eliminate False Positives in the Non-Intrusive Inspection of Cargo Conveyances
Organization: FORELL Enterprises, Inc.
Address: 6061 Dale Street, Suite N
Buena Park, CA 90621-4153  
Abstract: Our technical concept applies FORELL's unique intelligent agent technology to learn rules for detection of anomalies in images created by high energy x-rays, thereby reducing operator load, reducing false positives, and reducing inspection time. Our technology is unique in the creation of anomaly detection rules that are automatically generated through a unique intelligent agent learning capability. In addition, our agents have an inherent ambiguity resolution capability, to identify objects not seen before. This generalization capability is especially applicable to the x-ray imaging detection domain, because not everything in the universe can be learned. Our intelligent agents have an inherent reasoning capability that will help operators discern much quicker. In our approach we will transform the image data to a reduced number set of numeric data for each grid in the x-ray, called a sub-scene. FORELL will use pixel data to produce a coefficient based description of each sub-scene within an image. Because pixel data can be associated with density, the coefficient data will contain information an intelligent agent can associate with objects it has been trained to recognize. In the learning mode sub-scenes with known truth are used to train intelligent agents to recognize anomalous areas within an image. This information can than be used for alert processing.
Award/Contract Number: HSHQDC-08-C-00153
Period of Performance: 09/22/2008 - 03/21/2009
Award/Contract Value: $149,595.93
Award/Obligated Amount: $149,595.93