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BASE-IT: News & Events

   

12-14 July, 2011: MOVES Research and Education Summit. details
1-4 Feb, 2011: Team visit to Camp Pendleton training ranges Kilo2 and IIT. details
28 October, 2010: BASE-IT Y3 (FY10) Technical Review and Demos, Orlando, FL. details
2-3 February, 2010: BASE-IT internal project meeting, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC. details
30 November - 3 December, 2009: I/ITSEC 2009 conference, Orlando, FL. details
18 September, 2009: BASE-IT Year2 (FY09) Technical Review and Demo, Princeton, NJ. details
14-17 September, 2009: BASE-IT internal project meeting: Dress rehearsal in preparation for Year2 Demo, Princeton, NJ. details
17-20 August, 2009: BASE-IT internal project meeting: Dry Run in preparation for Year2 Demo, Princeton, NJ. details
21-23 July, 2009: MOVES Research Summit, Monterey, CA. details
13-14 July, 2009: Field visit to Kilo Two range, Camp Pendleton, CA. details
25 June, 2009: USMC Range Instrumentation Working Group. details
14 - 20 May, 2009: Installation of UNC virtual sand table in NPS/MOVES. details
30 March - 1 April, 2009: ONR Technical Review, Code 30. details
7-8 January, 2009: BASE-IT internal project meeting, NPS, Monterey CA. details
6-7 January, 2009: 'Gold standard' data capture study with NPS and DLI students, Monterey CA. details
16-18 December, 2008: ONR Technical Review for Capable Manpower program, Arlington VA. details
18-19 November, 2008: Project review with our transition customer PM TRASYS, Orlando FL. details
8 September, 2008: Annual project review with our sponsor, ONR, and transition customer, PM TRASYS, Orlando FL. details
19-25 August, 2008: Filed visit: observation and data collection of training runs in to MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms CA. details
31 July, 2008: Project progress review with our sponsor, ONR, and transition customer, PM TRASYS, Princeton NJ. details
29-30 July, 2008: Internal project meeting, Princeton NJ.
14-30 May, 2008: Filed visit: observation and data collection of training runs in to MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms CA. details
8 May, 2008: BASE-IT Kick-off meeting: project kick-off meeting with Dr. Roy Stripling (ONR), representatives from TECOM and PM TRASYS, and team members. Place: UNC, Chapel Hill NC. details
7 May, 2008: BASE-IT management meeting: project meeting. Place: UNC, Chapen Hill NC.
1 April, 2008: Office of Naval Research visit to NPS: BASE-IT project was presented to Dr. Walter F. Jones, Executive Director, ONR, and Dr. Patricia Gruber, Director of Research, ONR.
25-29 February, 2008: First team field visit to MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms and I MEF, Camp Pendleton CA details
18-20 September, 2007: Program Kick-off meeting, Washington DC details


   

DETAILS:

   

12-14 Jul, 2011: MOVES Research and Education Summit

  • We wrapped-up our MOVES Research and Education Summit (12-14 Jul, 2011), an event that has been organized every year. A large interest, great and lasting impressions were created by our keynote speaker, RADM Wendi Carpenter, who spoke about the need for intensified work in a domain of Modeling and Simulation. To emphasize how in that work we need to collaborate as colleagues at equal level, she removed her military insignia at the beginning of her talk, and asked everyone to do the same. The audience readily obliged, and we were all impressed hearing the words of support delivered by RADM Carpenter. During the summit Dr Sadagic, BASE-IT PI, gave a technical talk titled "Are We Ready for Automated Training Management Systems on Physical Ranges?", and demonstrated the team's work to the visitors during Wednesday Demo Nigh.

RADM Wendi Carpenter, a keynote speaker BASE-IT Virtual Sand Table challenged our youngest visitors to be creative
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1-4 Feb, 2011: Team visit to Camp Pendleton training ranges Kilo2 and IIT.

  • BASE-IT annual meeting and visit to several training ranges at Camp Pendleton, CA.


BASE-IT team with the representatives from TSC and PM TRASYS:
Standing: Christopher Getchell (USMC/TSC), Daniel Mobley (USMC/TSC), Matthew Denney (USMC/PM TRASYS), Dr. Greg Welch (UNC), Herman Towles (UNC)
1st row: Dr. Henry Fuchs (UNC), LtCol Albert Wang (USMC/TSD), Dr. Amela Sadagic (NPS/MOVES, project PI), Dr. Saad Khan (Sarnoff)

 
Visit to Kilo2 training range Team observes training on IIT Phase2 training range
Operators' view in IIT Phase1 Active duty USMC members take part in a user study organized by Dr. Sadagic
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28 Oct, 2010: BASE-IT Year3 (FY10) Technical Review and Demos, Orlando, FL.

  • BASE-IT end-of-year technical review and demonstration for the sponsor (ONR) and transition customers (PM TRASYS and TECOM).


BASE-IT team with the representatives from ONR, PM TRASYS, colleague Denise Nicholson and David McLaughlin (TECOM) who connected with us over the phone line (reason for Polycon unit being held high by Herman in the middle of the photo)

 
Chris Darken (NPS) presents the work in the domains of 3D visualization and behavior synthesis. Saad Khan (Sarnoff) presents the work in the domains of tracking, sensor fusion and behavior analysis.
Herman Towles (UNC) presents the work in the domain of vision based 3D posture. Neil Rowe (NPS) presents the work in the domain of automated performance evaluation.
Roy Stripling (ONR), Greg Welch (UNC) and Henry Fuchs (UNC) discuss a prototype of the sensor used in cooperative tracking module. Saad Khan (Sarnoff), Teddy Rakesh (Sarnoff) and Pete Mueller (ONR) review the data sets collected for behavior analysis module. Neil Rowe (NPS) and Chris Darken (NPS) in the background demonstrate the results of their modules.
Herman Towles (UNC) and Henry Fuchs (UNC) get ready to show the results of 3D posture acquisition module. Luis Garcia (PM TRASYS) and Amela Sadagic (NPS) discuss the issues of user studies and validation of models simulating small unit behavior in urban environment.
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2-3 Feb, 2010: BASE-IT internal project meeting, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC.

  • BASE-IT team met for a two days long set of discussions and planning meetings. Major topics discussed: data collection on Kilo2 range in Camp Pendleton, and Year3 Demo.


Standing: Amela Sadagic (NPS), Herman Towles (UNC), Chumki Basu (Sarnoff), Anselmo Lastra (UNC), Neil Rowe (NPS), Matthew Denney (PM TRASYS), Greg Welch (UNC).
Sitting: Jan-Michael Frahm (UNC), Henry Fuchs (UNC), Chris Darken (NPS).
 
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30 Nov - 3 Dec, 2009: BASE-IT Demo, I/ITSEC 2009, Orlando, FL.

  • BASE-IT project participation in PM TRASYS booth during I/ITSEC 2009 conference (exhibition floor).

Handouts: General project information, Intelligent training system, 3D Visualization system and behavior synthesis and Virtual Sand Table

Herman and Henry instal Virtual Sand Table. Projectors need to be fixed at their positions.
... and they have to be calibrated. Booth getting ready.
Maj. Matthew Denney (Ret.) briefs Gen. James N. Mattis and his team. NPS student Capt. Burciaga and Herman Towles demonstrate Virtual Sand Table to our visitors.
Alton (Sarnoff) demonstrates selected segments of our project, conducted by colleagues from Sarnoff Corporation. Danny (NPS) demonstrates selected segments of our project, conducted by colleagues from Naval Postgraduate School - NPS.
Group picture - a part of BASE-IT team: Amela (NPS), Henry (UNC), Robert (PM TRASYS), Matthew (PM TRASYS), herman (UNC) and Greg (UNC). Group picture - a part of BASE-IT team: Henry (UNC), Herman (UNC), Greg (UNC), Amela (NPS), Maj. Brown (NPS/USMC) and Capt. Burciaga (NPS/USMC).
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18 Sep, 2009: BASE-IT Year2 (FY09) Technical Review and Demo, Princeton, NJ.

  • BASE-IT end-of-year technical review and demonstration for the sponsor (ONR) and transition customers (PM TRASYS and TECOM).
Matthew briefing the Marines on simple scenario that will be executed and recorded by the system. Marines using Virtual Sand Table to plan their mission.
Marines executing their mission. Mission successfully completed.
After Action Review with 2 1/2 D visualization. After Action Review with 2 1/2 D visualization.
After Action Review with 2 1/2 D visualization (MapView). After Action Review on Virtual Sand Table.
After Action Review with 3D visualization and demo of Planning Tool capabilities (Delta3D). After Action Review with 3D Posture recognition module.
Technical presentation: C. Darken. Technical presentation: A. Sadagic.
Group photo of our team with Marines, ONR, PM TRASYS and TECOM.
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14-17 Sep, 2009: BASE-IT internal project meeting, Dress rehearsal, Princeton, NJ.

  • Team Dress rehearsal in preparation for Year2 Demo.
Bringing in UNCs Virtual Sand Table... ... and setting it up.
Tom and Chris (Sarnoff) installing displays for 2 1/2 D Visualization. Adrian (UNC) focusing on his automated camera management module.
Drizzle rain just started - need to cover cameras (Jan, UNC). ... and all cameras protected.
Time to calibrate UNC cameras (Jan and Megha)... ... and to calibrate GPS and INS sensors (Sarnoff).
Camera-start-action (Marines and UNC computer vision crew). Mike and Chris (NPS) fixing 3D live visualization.
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21-23 July, 2009: Dry Run, Princeton, NJ.

  • Large part of three-institutions team met at Sarnoff location in Princeton, NJ. The focus was our system integration in support of Year2 demo in September.
Matthew explaining the scenario to the team. Two rented storage containers simulating the buildings on the lawn at Sarnoff (Sarnoff cameras are installed on the buildings).
UNC camera installation. UNC camera installation (blue shield added by Herman to protect cameras from blazing sun).
Virtual Sand Table discussion. Team calibrating GPS and INS sensors.
Group photo on temperature over 90 degrees Fahrenheit (over 32 Celsius)
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21-23 July, 2009: MOVES Research Summit, Monterey, CA.

  • NPS faculty members Amela Sadagic, Chris Darken and Mathias Kolsch presented and demonstrated the work on BASE-IT project.
A. Sadagic presenting the overall work on the project. M. Kolsch introducing the work of Vision Lab at MOVES.
M. Guerrero from Delta3D team demonstrating the work on Behavior Synthesis and Planning Tool modules (PI: Chris Darken). A. Sadagic demonstrates Virtual Sand Table display platform and Magic Marker in mission planning (work of UNC Chapel Hill, part of BASE-IT project).
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13-14 July, 2009: Field visit to Kilo Two range, Camp Pendleton, CA.

  • Amela Sadagic made a two day field visit to the range to observe unit's training as well as a new camera system being installed on the range.
Optical sensors (cameras) to be used to record and track the movements of individuals and vehicles through the range. A Marine in a view of a nearby camera cluster.
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25 June, 2009: USMC Range Instrumentation Working Group.

  • Amela Sadagic, Henry Fuchs and Hui Cheng presented BASE-IT project at the meeting.
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14 - 20 May, 2009: Installation of UNC virtual sand table in NPS/MOVES.

  • Herman Towles and Tyler Johnson installed UNC virtual sand table at NPS/MOVES. Delta3D team connected BASE-IT 3D visualization application with the sand table software.
Virtual sand table construction. Virtual sand table construction.
Calibration done. Positioning the physical model.
Mission planning: Segment of Kilo Two range with annotation done using Magic Marker. Magic Marker overload.
Herman, Tyler and Delta3D team on NPS campus. Herman and Tyler at NPS.
First demo: Amela, Herman and Tyler. First demo: Herman demonstrates virtual sand table and Magic Marker for a group of MOVES students.
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30 March - 1 April, ONR Technical Review, Code 30, Monterey CA

  • BASE-IT team presented progress of S&T efforts on the project.
Live demo of Posture recognition from 2D video (Juan Wachs, Roy Stripling and Mathias Kolsch) Demo night at the Naval Postgraduate School
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7-8 January, 2009: BASE-IT internal project meeting, NPS, Monterey CA

  • BASE-IT team met for a two days long set of discussions and planning meetings. Major topics discussed: integration steps on all levels, data collection activities and Year2 Demo.

Standing: Maj. Benjamin Brown (NPS), Chumki Basu (Sarnoff), Teddy Rakesh (Sarnoff), Neil Rowe (NPS), Jan-Michael Frahm (UNC), Chris Broaddus (Sarnoff), Juan Wachs (NPS), Herman Towles (UNC), Hui Cheng (Sarnoff), Mathias Kolsch (NPS), Greg Welch (UNC).
Kneeling: Henry Fuchs (UNC), Amela Sadagic (NPS), Matthew Denney (PM TRASYS).
 
Sunny California day in Monterey Heading for lunch in Herrmann Hall
Heading for lunch in Herrmann Hall Herman in the main NPS ballroom situated in Herrmann Hall
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6-7 January, 2009: 'Gold standard' data capture study with NPS and DLI students, NPS, Monterey CA

  • UNC and NPS teams organized data capture session during which NPS and DLI students conducted different infantry drills. One person wore mocap suit and everyone was recorded with a set of camcorders. Recorded data set will be used as a 'gold standard' reference set when analyzing both good and poor performances that will be captured on future training ranges. During the data capture session 9 camcorders have been used to record everyone's movements inside the circle with approximately 10m large diameter.

    Our special thanks go to colleagues and students at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey CA, who supported and participated in data capture study on both days.

Jan and Megha seting up the camera set. The images from each camera (camcorder) will have to be calibrated.
Adrian moving and showing a known calibration pattern in the field of view of each camera. Ben with mocap suit getting instructions from Matthew and Henry.
Herman conducting calibration of the mocap suit. DLI students getting instructions from Matthew.
DLI student performing 'single Marine' postures. A group of DLI students conducting 'danger area crossing' drill under the watchful eye of Matthew Denney.
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16-18 December, 2008: ONR Technical Review for Capable Manpower program, Arlington VA

  • BASE-IT team participated and presented our project efforts to a group of external evaluators appointed by the sponsor (ONR), ONR program leadership and the colleagues from other projects in Capable Manpower Program.

Teddy Rakesh (Sarnoff), Chumki Basu (Sarnoff), Maj Brian Kibel (TECOM), Amela Sadagic (NPS), Greg Welch (UNC).


Colleagues from different project presenting during ONR Tech. Review meeting.

 
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18-19 November, 2008: Project review with our transition customer PM TRASYS and ONR, Orlando FL

  • Team presented and discussed the results of the work completed during our first funding year. Apart from meeting with larger PM TRASYS team, we also presented the project results to Col. Frank Kelley, a Program Managed of PM TRASYS. During that meeting we presented our slide set that illustrated the basic concepts and approaches supported by our research effort.
Instead of 2D video stream, the technologies and approaches used and developed in this project allow us to transition to 3D model of training environment captured in real time. Being that all data sets are kept in the data base as 3D data, the user can choose any viewpoint he (she) may be interested to examine. Sketch of top-down view of 3D model: PTZ camera arrangement and camera coverage. Notice that some areas are not 'covered' by cameras (individual GPS unit will provide positions for Marines in those areas), some areas are covered by one camera (position information will be better than with GPS-only setup), and some areas are covered by 2 or more cameras. Marines' locations in latter are expected to be resolved using computer vision approaches with sub-meter precision.
Sketch of top-down view of 3D model: 3D model and this view provides clear understanding about the positions and arrangement of multiple units across the terrain. Sketch of top-down view of 3D model: User (viewer) requested automated recognition of training events performed by the units present on the training range. System also added information about the units (segments of the larger unit) identified as performing each event, as well as time during which they were engaged in each event.
Sketch of top-down view of 3D model: User zoomed-in on one training event and selected a single Marine whose performance metrics was requested to be examined by the system. Sketch of top-down view of 3D model: System warned about 'flagging' incident which occurred (flagging is unintentional pointing of the weapon muzzle in direction of fellow Marine). System also indicated that 15 similar incidents occurred in past 45 minutes.
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8 September, 2008: Annual project review with our sponsor, ONR, and transition customer, PM TRASYS, Orlando FL

  • Team presented the results of the work completed during our first funding year.

Standing: Maj Butler (PM TRASYS), Hui Cheng (Sarnoff), Matthew Denney (PM TRASYS), Chumki Basu (Sarnoff), Teddy Rakesh (Sarnoff), Hal Roby (PM TRASYS), Roy Stripling (ONR), Herman Towles (UNC), Chris Darken (NPS), Nancy Harmon (PM TRASYS), Rudy Darken (NPS), Jan-Michael Frahm (UNC), Mathias Kolsch (NPS), LtCol Yates (PM TRASYS).
Kneeling: Greg Welch (UNC), Amela Sadagic (NPS), Pete Muller (ONR), Henry Fuchs (UNC).
 

 
LtCol Yates reviews the results of Behavior Synthesis segment, designed and implemented by Chris and his team at NPS. Pete Muller commenting 3D real time data acquisition and display solutions designed by UNC team.
Hal Roby discussing the results of Behavior Analysis lead by Sarnoff team. Soup-buddies - hungry researchers :-)
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19-25 August, 2008: Third team field visit to MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms CA

  • Team observed Lane and MRX training events organized by TTECG/UWTC.

Unit getting ready for training event.
 

Mission Rehearsal Training
 
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31 July, 2008: Project progress review with our sponsor, ONR, and transition customer, PM TRASYS, Priceton NJ

  • Team presented the results of the work completed until July 2008.

Standing: (Sarnoff), Greg Welch (UNC), Herman Towles (UNC), (Sarnoff), Henry Fuchs (UNC), Jan-Michael Frahm (UNC), Pete Muller (ONR), (UNC), Teddy Rakesh (Sarnoff), Roy Stripling (ONR), Neil Rowe (NPS), Hal Roby (PM TRASYS), Chumki Basu (Sarnoff), (Sarnoff), Hui Cheng (Sarnoff), (Sarnoff), Chris Darken (NPS), Amela Sadagic (NPS), Chris (Sarnoff).

 
Demo Demo: video and GPS fusion (Sarnoff)
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14-30 May, 2008: Second team field visit to MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms CA

  • Team observed a new set of training events organized by TTECG/UWTC. Collected data will be used for the Baseline Study, as well as Behavior Analysis, 2D Posture Recognition and Behavior Synthesis. The information and understandings acquired during this visit will help us fine-tune our system solutions with the training needs exercised by the domain users.
Briefing before the training run Establishing vehicle check point (VCP)
Patrol 1 Patrol 2
Security 1 Security 2
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8 May, 2008: BASE-IT kick-off meeting with Dr. Roy Stripling (ONR), representatives from TECOM and PM TRASYS, and team members, Chapel Hill NC.

  • Project Kick-off meeting and progress review with the sponsor (ONR) and representatives from our transition customers (PM TRASYS and TECOM).
BASE-IT team image

Sitting: David McLaughlin (TECOM), Brad Valdyke (PM TRASYS), Ami Bolton (ONR), Roy Stripling (ONR), Pete Muller (ONR)
Standing: Anselmo Lastra (UNC), Henry Fuchs (UNC), Rakesh "Teddy" Kumar (Sarnoff), Hal Roby (PM TRASYS), Amela Sadagic (NPS), Jan-Michael Frahm (UNC), Greg Welch (UNC), Juan Wachs (NPS), Chris Darken (NPS), Chumki Basu (Sarnoff), Mary Whitton (UNC), Neil Rowe (NPS), Herman Towles (UNC), Larry Davis (UCF/NEW-IT).

   

Selected set of prototype illustrations presented on the day:

Optimal Automatic Camera Control: Greg Welch (UNC)
One Marine Uncovered: Higher Total Cost (hi-res image). All Marines Covered: Lower Total Cost (hi-res image).

   

Rapidly Deployable Multi-Projector Displays with Continuous Calibration: Fuchs, Welch, Towles (UNC):

   

Person Detection and Tracking: Sarnoff
Image 1 (hi-res image). Image 2


Image 3 (
hi-res image).

Behavior Analysis: Sarnoff
Diamond formation (hi-res image). Wedge formation (hi-res image).

   

Behavior Synthesis: Chris Darken (NPS)
Anticipated Action: Interleaved Plan Optimization (hi-res image). Situation Awareness (hi-res image).

   

Marine Detection and Posture Recognition: Kolsch, Wachs, Goshorn (NPS):

   

Metrics for Small-Unit Physical Configurations: Neil Rowe (NPS) :
Image 1 (hi-res image). Image 2 (hi-res image).

   

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25-29 February, 2008: First team field visit to MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms and I MEF, Camp Pendleton CA

  • 17 members strong team observed training in the MOUT training facilities located in two USMC bases. Collected data will be used to bootstrap the work in several research domains.
BASE-IT team image

1st row: Henry Fuchs (UNC), Matthew Denney (retired Maj/USMC, PM TRASYS), Amela Sadagic (NPS), Greg Welch (UNC), Anselmo Lastra (UNC)
2nd row (standing): Brian Clipp (UNC), Chumki Basu (Sarnoff), Herman Towles (UNC), Ajay Divakaran (Sarnoff), Maj Brian Kibel (USMC & NPS), Hui Cheng (Sarnoff), Mike Dunhour (NPS), Neil Rowe (NPS), Chris Darken (NPS), Edward John Custy (SPAWAR), Mathias Kolsch (NPS), Erik Johnson (NPS).

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18-20 September, 2007: Program Kick-off meeting, Washington DC

  • The team's presentation outlined project objectives, S&T goals, and detailed the plan for three years. TTA (Technology Transition Agreement) document was signed by all parties (sponsor, transition customers, project PI).

Kick-off meeting

Greg Welch (UNC), Henry Fuchs (UNC), Richard Schaffer (Lockheed Martin), LCDR James Patrey (MC, USN, NAVAIR PMA 205), Tyler Johnson (UNC student).

Kick-off meeting

Greg Welch (UNC), Amela Sadagic (NPS), Mary Whitton (UNC), Henry Fuchs (UNC).

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