Geospatial agency set to fund new research

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has issued a broad agency announcement for contractors and universities to form teams and compete for awards in several highly specialized research areas.

The one- and two-year base awards, with a total fiscal 2004 value of $2.5 million, consist of three parts: a radar-based automated data extraction initiative; the Neuroscience Enabled Geospatial Intelligence Initiative; and the Non-literal Spectral Processing, Exploitation and Analysis program.

Under the radar-based automated data extraction, NGA officials are looking for contractors with tools to extract information from imagery, hard-copy maps and text data to develop geospatial intelligence.

"This seeks to advance the state of the art in ADE for radar imagery," according to a NGA statement.

NGA also has a critical need in the areas of automated vision systems and systems to assist human geospatial analysts. The agency said it hopes its Neuroscience initiative will provide a basic visual-science foundation for future engineering.

The agency is looking for researchers to develop a well-grounded basis for understanding the problems of vision, which will lead to the ability to construct automated vision systems.

The Non-literal Spectral Processing, Exploitation and Analysis program will seek to solve emerging problems in those technical areas.

Proposals are due by May 27. Contract awards are expected by Aug. 30.

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