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Proposers' Day Announcement for the IARPA Synthetic Holographic Observation (SHO) Program

Solicitation Number: IARPA-BAA-11-06(pd)
Agency: Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Office: Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
Location: IARPA1
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Added: Apr 21, 2011 6:39 pm
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) will host a Proposers' Day Conference for the Synthetic Holographic Observation (SHO) Program on June 2, 2011, in anticipation of the release of a new solicitation in support of the program. The Conference will be held from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The purpose of the conference will be to provide information on the SHO Program to address questions from potential proposers and to provide a forum for potential proposers to present their capabilities for teaming opportunities.

This announcement serves as a pre-solicitation notice and is issued solely for information and planning purposes. The Proposers' Day Conference does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or proposal abstracts. Conference attendance is voluntary and is not required to propose to future solicitations (if any) associated with this program.

GEOINT analysts work with massive quantities of dynamic 3D data to produce vital insights within operational timelines. These 3D data come from a wide variety of sources including LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar), stereo from imagery, and digital terrain models. The 3D data are also frequently fused with other types of data (such as multispectral imagery) to create rich representations of geographic regions and situations of interest. Analysts require visualization solutions that enable them to work interactively and collaboratively with these naturally 3D data in fast-paced operational settings for prolonged periods.

3D viewing technologies used today by analysts of 3D data are generally based on the high-performance graphics capabilities available in desktop computers. These can provide what appears to be a compelling view of 3D data on a 2D screen. However, the visual representations are typically unnatural to the visual senses, which limits extended use. Shortcomings derive in large part from the artificial rendering of depth and perspective which often leads to uncomfortable levels of discontinuity between angular views, and disorientation due to depth-cue mismatch. Most consumer technologies require eye-wear for each viewer, but typically provide only a single perspective of a 3D scene to all viewers (e.g., video games, movies). There are also approaches that provide dynamic perspectives, albeit to a single viewer who has some mobility around the display, using eye-wear and head-tracking. Attempts to provide single views without eye-wear generally suffer from excessive cross-talk between left and right eyes and constrain the viewer to a stationary viewing position. In sum, current 3D viewing technologies are inadequate to support the growing visualization needs of analysts working interactively and collaboratively with naturally 3D data.

Emerging holographic 3D display technologies, while technically immature and high-risk, offer the potential to directly address the critical human factors issues to provide natural, interactive 3D viewing of 3D data sets. The SHO Program goals are derived from the state-of-art in potential component technologies (e.g., light sources, optical materials, Hogel-based rendering engines) and also from the human factors challenges faced by analysts who work for long periods with massive and naturally 3D data. The SHO Program plans to create low profile, brilliant, power-efficient, high resolution and full color synthetic holographic 3D display systems that present dynamic 3D data with no flicker, no color break-up, and in a manner that is simultaneously viewable by multiple analysts with the unaided eye. Human factors will be addressed throughout the program to enable sustained viewing that is natural to the senses without discomfort. Further, we anticipate the creation of powerful new software applications for analysts as the ability to work naturally in 3D removes many of the cognitive inefficiencies of today's systems.

Collaborative efforts/teaming among potential performers are strongly encouraged. It is anticipated that teams will be multidisciplinary with personnel such as display technologists, materials scientists, computer scientists, and human factors experts.

IARPA anticipates that universities and companies from around the world will participate in this program. Researchers will be able to and are encouraged to publish their findings in publicly available, academic journals.

Attendees must register no later than 5:00pm Eastern May 25, 2011 at Directions to the conference facility and other materials are available on the website. No walk-in registrations will be allowed.

Due to space limitations, attendance will be limited to the first 140 registrants and to no more than 2 representatives per organization. All attendees will be required to present a government-issued photo identification to enter the conference. Non-US citizens will be required to submit a visit request form for Foreign Nationals at least 5 business days prior to the conference. The form and submission instructions can be found on the registration website.

Attendees who wish to present organization capabilities for potential teaming opportunities may request to do so by sending an e-mail along with their presentation to Presentations will be limited to 5 minutes with a maximum of 5 slides (MS PowerPoint or PDF format). Opportunities to present will be limited by time and will therefore be on a first-to-ask basis. Deadline for requests is close of business (5:00pm Eastern) May 25, 2011. It is the presenter's responsibility to ensure that all materials briefed are appropriately marked and approved for presentation by their organization. The IARPA Program Manager will review and approve all presentations.

This Proposers' Day is intended for participants who are eligible to compete on the anticipated BAA. Other Government Agencies, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), and University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) will not be eligible to submit proposals to the anticipated BAA nor participate as team members under proposals submitted by eligible entities. While such entities are not prohibited from attending the Proposers' Day, due to space limitations, preference will be given first to those organizations that are eligible to compete.

IARPA will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred to participate in this conference.

Questions concerning conference & registration can be sent to

Questions regarding the program can be sent to

Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
Washington, District of Columbia 20511
United States
Dr. Karl F. Roenigk,
Program Manager