EO/IR Sensors and Sensor Processing Program

The Office of Naval Research Image Sensing and Processing (ImSP) Program objective is to detect, classify/identify, and localize/geolocate air, sea-surface, and ground targets.  The primary interest is for systems working in visible and infrared (near, short wave, mid wave and long wave) regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. However, passive millimeter wave region is also of interest due to its superior atmospheric transmission properties in degraded visual environment (clouds, dust, fog, rain). Long range imaging through such environments is a thrust within this program. Both active (where source of illumination is under user control) and passive (using ambient illumination) ImSP systems operating in visible and infrared spectral bands are of interest. Exploiting multiple modalities associated with electromagnetic waves (spectral, polarimetric, temporal, and quantum signatures) in addition to conventional spatial information is expected to provide additional information about the targets and hence improve performance under challenging conditions. ONR ImSP program is also interested in exploring systems that do not form images in a traditional sense and yet are able to achieve the primary objectives through unconventional measurements augmented by sophisticated inverse processing operations. ONR ImSP is interested in supporting basic and applied research that advances state of the art in these broad areas.

Note: Proposers are encouraged to contact the program officer to discuss their research interest prior to the submission of formal proposals.

Program Contact Information

Name: Dr. Kevin Leonard

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 31

Division: Electronics Sensors and Network Research

Email: kevin.r.leonard@navy.mil

Office of Naval Research
875 N. Randolph Street, Suite 1425
Arlington, Va. 22206

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