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EO/IR Sensors and Sensor Processing

The EO/IR Sensors and Sensor Processing program has the objective of developing high-performance, low-cost, next generation electro-optic sensors, devices and autonomous processing to provide real-time detection, tracking, classification, and identification of air, sea-surface, and ground targets in all weather conditions. The primary interest is for systems working in the visible and infrared (near, short-wave, mid-wave and long-wave) regions of the electromagnetic spectrum; however, passive millimeter wave systems may also be of interest due to their superior atmospheric transmission properties in degraded visual environments.

Research Concentration Areas

  • Long range imaging through degraded visual environments (e.g., clouds, dense fog, turbulence) to increase situational awareness and operational capability.
  • Novel imaging architectures and sensors for affordable, high performance day/night persistent surveillance.
  • Novel sensor systems including ones that may not form images in a traditional sense, but are able to achieve their primary objectives through unconventional measurements augmented by sophisticated inverse processing operations.
  • Questions being explored are:
    • Can advanced processing algorithms significantly improve the range performance of passive imaging systems operating in degraded conditions?
    • Can multiple active illumination characteristics be optimized to provide improved system performance?
    • Can multiple modalities (spectral, polarimetric, temporal, and quantum signatures) be exploited to provide information about targets and enhance performance under challenging conditions?

Research Challenges and Opportunities

  • Enhance the affordability and performance of hemispherical persistent surveillance, tracking and targeting.
  • Develop adaptive multi-mode processing and/or imaging techniques for enhanced target detection, tracking, and identification.
  • Exploit novel illumination concepts, algorithms and/or phenomenology to significantly improve imaging performance in degraded visual environments.
  • Explore or re-examine fundamental principles underlying light propagation, light-matter interaction, and information transport using light.

How to Submit

For detailed application and submission information for this research topic, please refer to our broad agency announcement (BAA) No. N00014-22-S-B001.

Contracts: All white papers and full proposals for contracts must be submitted through FedConnect; instructions are included in the BAA.

Grants: All white papers for grants must be submitted through FedConnect, and full proposals for grants must be submitted through; instructions are included in the BAA.


Conley, Benjamin Dr.
Program Officer
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