ARL engineers win RDA award for development of super-resolution image reconstruction

June 26, 2013

Story Highlights

  • Dr. Susan Young and Dr. Sean Hu, electronics engineers in the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate, were recently recognized with a 2012 Department of the Army Research and Development Achievement award for having proactively undertaken a team effort to develop a software technology solution called super-resolution image reconstruction.
  • Young and Hu have also designed the software technology to compute and compensate for inherent translations and rotations within frame sequences, common in aerial imagery acquired by military platforms for surveillance.
  • In addition to assisting in military surveillance, this development has the potential to benefit the Army and the nation in the areas of biometrics and law enforcement.

Dr. Susan Young and Dr. Sean Hu, electronics engineers in the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate, were recently recognized with a 2012 Department of the Army Research and Development Achievement award for having proactively undertaken a team effort to develop a software technology solution called super-resolution image reconstruction.

"To have our work recognized by the Department of the Army is a huge honor and makes me so happy," said Young. "At ARL, what is important are the people who make up the organization, as emphasized by our director, and the awards we receive make people feel good and that their work is appreciated," added Young.

Super-resolution image reconstruction has the ability to produce enhanced three-channel full-color imagery from sequences of aliased imagery acquired by low-cost color filter array devices.

Young and Hu have also designed the software technology to compute and compensate for inherent translations and rotations within frame sequences, common in aerial imagery acquired by military platforms for surveillance.

The developed software can significantly improve the image quality of existing lower-resolution sensor systems already deployed on military platforms and installed around the nation.

In addition to assisting with military surveillance, this development has the potential to benefit the Army and the nation in the areas of biometrics and law enforcement.

Current research in biometrics focuses on improving face recognition algorithms, whereas Young and Hu's efforts demonstrate that improving the facial details through super-resolution can significantly benefit face recognition algorithms.

In terms of law enforcement applications, the software developed by Young and Hu has been used to successfully enhance license plate characters from actual low-resolution and severely compressed surveillance footage, aiding several law enforcement agencies in high-profile cases.

"Receiving this award makes me appreciate the support and contributions from all the bright researchers around me," stated Hu. "This award is evidence of the collaborative and innovative culture at ARL, fostered by management and embraced by every employee. Ultimately, this award is just one of the many exemplifications of ARL's dedication to the Soldier," added Hu.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: June 26, 2013