The Electronic Eye program was initiated in direct response to emerging precision-detection requirements in next-generation missile-detection and -defense systems (seekers) and panoramic airspace surveillance platforms. Under the joint program with Boeing, ViaLogy's core signal-processing technology—Quantum Resonance Interferometry—is providing the basic engine for powering the silicon electronic-eye based on vision constructs found in insects and reptiles. ViaLogy has a patent pending on the MPEX Electronic Eye and its applications.
Currently, most advanced vision systems are limited to only stereovision, with a single parallax based on the co-registration of frames from two eyes, allowing only a scan of the horizon. In contrast, MPEX Electronic Eye is exploiting multiple parallaxes to achieve panoramic, or 360-degree, viewing capability and three-dimensional perception using multiple, overlapping fields of view. This construction dramatically increases the probability of target detection and localization.
Dr. Edward McCullough, Principal Scientist in advanced aero analysis at Boeing Phantom Works, commented: "I am very excited by ViaLogy's rapid progress and novel approach on the MPEX Electronic Eye. Researchers have been studying the computational architectures, functions, mechanisms, and principles of visual perception underlying biological systems for over three decades to find ways to implement them. We have specific near-term and long-term interests in this technology to support our defense, homeland security, and space program needs."
ViaLogy's Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Sandeep Gulati said: "We are building upon seminal work conducted by Dr. McCullough and his team in the area of biomimetic-based advanced autonomy for future planetary rovers and space operations. Our core technology provides a near-term opportunity for overcoming some of the fundamental information processing and system engineering challenges in implementing multi-parallax construction to address practical omni-directional surveillance applications. MPEX has been developed as a platform technology in its own right, and we are now making good progress in adapting it for specific applications."
ViaLogy's initial MPEX Electronic Eye applications are geared to detection of very fast moving targets, such as in missile interceptors, and deployment on fast moving ground vehicles, airborne platforms, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and omni-directional tower mounts for border surveillance and critical infrastructure security.
Commenting on the achievement of this milestone, ViaLogy's CEO, Michael Kelly, said: "MPEX is very well aligned with the ViaLogy business model. We can apply our unique expertise and sensor-agnostic signal-processing technology to commercial off-the-shelf hardware and sensors to deliver enhanced performance at a fraction of the cost of comparable systems especially designed for military applications."
Next steps in the Boeing collaboration include a demonstration of the use of MPEX Electronic Eye engineering for detection of ground-based border intrusion events and an aerial payload for low-altitude UAVs. Successful operational demonstration of the proprietary MPEX technology could lead to its use in a number of future defense and homeland security programs.
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