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Colloquia: Situational Awareness Threat/Object Recognition, Rick Capps, Nevada Automotive Test Center

This informational presentation will describe the efforts by NATC in the areas of situational awareness, associated networks, real time  threat recognition and post analysis techniques for target recognition.  The evolution of real time processing techniques has increased the ability to recognize and respond to potential threats in  or near real time.  These techniques include analytics in the CCDcamera array, network based (satellite) processing and centralized real time processing.  The  advantages and limitations of each will be described through  application examples.  Additionally, a presentation of transport  protocols will describe differing methods for compressing video and  the associated performance advantages / limitations of each.  These compression algorithms include MJPEG, JPEG2000, H264 and MPEG4 CODECs.   A description of network issues associated with application of cameras in a vehicle based situational awareness system will outline  experience with Ethernet, GIG-E, Gigabit Ethernet and wireless offboard systems.  The presentation will conclude with an application developed to combine vehicle remote tracking, diagnostics and  situational awareness feeds over a NSA approved, encrypted internet connection.


 The presenter will be Mr. Rick Capps.  Rick has been an engineer with  Special Programs / NATC for 26 years and has led the department of  engineers and software developers in efforts which include the Medium  Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) technical demonstrator, the  Logistics Vehicle System  Replacement (LVSR) technical demonstrator,  the Combat Tactical Vehicle  (CTV) technical demonstrator ,the Marine  Personnel Carrier (MPC) technical demonstrator, the Hybrid Electric  Platform (HEP), the Capacitor Engine Starting System (CESS), the Solid  State Logic Controller (SSLC) and the Solid State Vehicle Recorder  (SSVR) electrical / electronics design.  The special programs group  has focused on situational awareness, vehicle diagnostics and prognostics in recent projects.  In support of these projects, the  special programs group have developed situational awareness video  networks, processing algorithms, wireless vehicle access systems and open systems architecture design. Rick has multiple patents in the areas of power control, intelligent  vehicle networks and racing support systems.  Rick studied at the  Missouri Institute of Technology and Fresno State College.


Friday, April 4, 2014 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Davidson Math and Science Center, 102
1055 Evans Avenue, Reno, NV 89512, USA

Event Type

Lectures and Seminars


Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering





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