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Next Century Project OverviewPresentation Transcript
Mobile Computing – Timeliness, security, and availability of information are critically important in government and commercial applications. Next Century employs innovative uses of mobile platforms and wireless networks in these domains, and has the requisite expertise to build scalable, reliable, and flexible systems.
GIS and Mapping – Spatial visualization, mapping, and alerting are central to our approach to designing and implementing Strategic Insight solutions. Next Century possesses extensive expertise in the rapid, efficient processing, integration, presentation, and dissemination of spatially enabled information.
Data Presentation and Visualization – Next Century works closely with end users to identify the information that is most critical to them in performing their job or mission, and then prototype interfaces with innovative methods for presenting “at-a-glance” information in a highly intuitive and rapidly actionable fashion.
Signal Processing – Next Century has extensive experience with the effective integration of imagery intelligence (IMINT) and signals intelligence (SIGINT) data in ways that are highly beneficial and insightful for the end user. Our extensive background in the image and signal processing domains with the strong expertise of key partners, has enabled us to provide users with real-time actionable intelligence.
Data Fusion and Aggregation – Mining, integrating, fusing, and aggregating relevant information from multiple disparate data sources is a formidable challenge. Next Century incorporates our own leading-edge innovations with approaches formulated by key partners to effectively achieve this goal.
Image Processing – Next Century architects and implements comprehensive image processing solutions for a wide variety of defense, intelligence, and medical applications. Next Century has two image processing toolkits available: OpenELT and WIRES.
IT Infrastructure and Support – Next Century provides a comprehensive set of services to support the design, installation, operation, management, and continuous improvement of IT infrastructures.
Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) Customer: National Library of Medicine
Mobile and web-based decision support system to quickly identify substance and provide critical substance information
Synchronizes with the NLM Hazardous Substance Data Bank (HSDB) to provide critical information (patient care, chemical specs, protective equipment, containment suppression tactics, cleanup, etc.)
Intuitive, simple, and personalized user interface
Operational Versions for Palm OS, Pocket PC, Windows, and Web (including phone)
5000 chemical substances
Radiological/nuclear event support (30 radioisotopes)
Biological event support (12 agents)
Coming soon: Wireless collaboration
Freely available (over 200,000 copies downloaded)
Very well received and appreciated by user community
“ This is one of the best tools ever created for emergency response, period!” – DOD user
First responders to a Hazmat incident must be able to rapidly determine the substance (chemical, radiological, or biological) and the appropriate response .
Measurement and Signature Intelligence Tactical Information Fusion (MASTIF) Customer: OSD
The warfighter has a limited capability to detect, identify, and track small groups of hostiles and threats employing natural and man-made obscurants.
Networking MASINT, IMINT, and SIGINT sensors
Use warfighter needs to cue in near real-time MASINT, IMINT & SIGINT sensors against targets in different environmental conditions from an aircraft
Supports retrieval of archived data for analysis
Currently conducting flight testing
Weather Risk Analysis and Portrayal (WRAP) Customer: U.S. Army Research Lab (ARL)
For mission planning and execution, commander and warfighter need to assess potential weather impacts (effectiveness and survivability) on equipment and personnel .
Military and commercial weather forecasts are moving to ensemble (probabilistic) forecasts, making already complex information that much more difficult to visualize.
Intuitive, easy-to-use weather-based decision aid for mission planning and execution
Calculates and visualizes weather forecast impacts using familiar “stoplight” colors
Enhanced depiction to reflect uncertainty around boundary conditions
Additional funding from Office of Secretary of Defense and Air Force Weather Agency to implement use of JEFS data and web-based version
Advanced Visualization Tool Customer: DoD Intelligence
The old system provided an email like display, making it difficult for analysts to track and synthesize all the data. In high-volume periods, data would scroll off the screen.
The analysts can now clearly recognize critical patterns within the data flows and apply powerful tools to further filter and highlight information to truly “connect the dots”.
Real-time and look-back modes, monitor real-time information while analyzing historical events and patterns
Alerting and geospatial support
Extensive “drill-down” and data-exporting functionality
Data filtering and highlighting features to assist in analysis
Access to tools , configuration , etc . ( TBD ) Move to Hot List – view Hot List Historical Group Activity Bar with Temporal Slider , Aperture Control , Aperture Activity Bar , Mode and Temporal Status Item Focus ( drill down ) – create new window or tab with only this item . Total activity count within the selected aperture . Item Activity Bar – depicts this item’s activity filtered from the aggregate and within selected aperture . Items Attribute of Item ( configurable ) Time Frame and Group Information Sort by item , most recent activity , most active activity or other information . Item Activity Bar can help to detect trends and overlaps occurring across items .
Threat Warning System Customer: US Special Operations Command
Front-line warfighters need easy, intuitive access to basic Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) information (i.e. direction, location, and classification of signal-based threats)
Access to real-time information requires use of SIGINT equipment that is complex and heavy
Solution must be lightweight, rugged, and low-power
Intuitive, easy-to-use interface displaying real-time threat information in a geospatial context
Integration of lightweight body worn antenna vest, receiver, CPU, and arm-worn display
Open architecture allows for easy insertion or replacement of key software and hardware components, as well as incorporation of additional sources of threat data and other intel
Networked system enhances situational awareness, allows SIGINT specialist control of ODA systems, communication of target locations and lines of bearing
Field tested by SOCOM personnel at the Ft. Benning MOUT site
“ [The operators] are very confident in using the system to reliably detect and find RF emissions.”
“… The system is very easy to learn and operate and … can provide vital intelligence in the conduct of their missions.”
Advanced Image Recognition R&D (EvoDevo) Customer: DoD Intelligence
No existing automated processes come close to the ability of a human being looking at images to identify objects of interest.
Years and billions of $ of R&D to develop software algorithms to find objects of interest in images have had limited success.
The volume of images to analyze has continued to grow.
Using recent advances in our understanding of how the brain processes images and the biological evolution process, develop and evolve algorithms that approach the efficiency and accuracy of the human brain for image understanding.
Evolve a solution to visual object recognition using an EvoDevo approach in combination with Genetic Algorithms to create a neural network.
Achieved 92% recognition using Serre algorithms from MIT
Achieved 96% recognition using algorithms evolved from scratch
Neural Architecture Detected Results CHALLENGE: Find the Cats Segmented Image
Configurable Electronic Real-Time Assessment System (CERTAS) Customer: PICS
Scientists and researchers need an efficient method to create large-scale studies and gather data from study subjects.
Computer-based study creation, administration, and data collection
Desktop visual designer allowing researcher to easily assemble complex electronic surveys using a sophisticated user interface
Commercial grade CERTAS desktop protocol and survey design system constructed with .Net and C#
Surveys and questionnaires automatically transferred to handheld devices for data collection from subjects, saving time and increasing data quality
Well received by researchers during usability testing…“intuitive”, “easy to use”, “elegant”, “wow!”
Toxic Observation and Response Aid (TORA) Customer: U.S. Army Research Lab
Soldiers need a tool for dealing with toxic releases in the field.
The soldier may or may not have communications back to the base, where there are good chem-bio systems.
The soldier’s tool needs to be intuitive, quick to setup, and draw little power.
A PDA-based solution that combines
WISER, for toxic identification and treatment information
Basic plume prediction
A map-based display
Always have an answer
Provide the soldier with action recommendations
Depict contours that relate to impacts
As time and network allows, get better answers.
Effort proved viability of WISER and plume modeling operating on mobile platforms
Performance DNA Desktop Customer: Outcome Systems
Conversion of paper-intensive, Human Performance Improvement methodology into a desktop-based software application, supporting novice and advanced users
Allow user to navigate both an extensive set of directions and a large data set
Provide a form-based application
Use tree-based navigation to support organization and process induction
Provide alternative views that allow navigation directly by interviewee and form
Provide innovative “meta-analysis” tools to define model behavior
Allow at-a-glance view of form completeness
Delivered a fully functional Version 1.0, amid strong demand from user community
mQuit Smoking Cessation using Cell Phones Customer: PICS
Need to develop a personal cell-phone software application to help smokers “kick the habit”
Need the ability to measure quit rates achieved
Patented smoking cessation algorithm for cell phones using a Java micro-edition based solution
Alarming system that reminds users when/when not to smoke
Simple, intuitive, user interface for wide applicability
Transfer of smoking behavior data captured on a central server for analysis
Delivered a fully functional version
Early indications very positive
Future - formal medical research study with real smokers who want to quit to validate the efficacy and usability of the solution