MTR 100: Prometheus Inc.
Posted by Irina Tabakina
21 Arnold Avenue, Newport, RI, USA 02840
T: +1 401 849 5389
CEO/President: Jim Byrnes
Number Of Employees: 25
Prometheus Inc., incorporated in 1983, is a mathematics and engineering research firm that specializes in the application of high-level mathematics to modeling, simulation and signal processing. Its senior professional staff of 23 includes 15 PhD scientists (mathematics, engineering, physics). Its goal: Provide mathematical solutions and real-time code to dramatically improve system performance at reduced costs.
Prometheus has provided computationally efficient mathematical solutions for: remote material discrimination with radar and sonar; feature-based pattern recognition; real time broadband reverberation modeling; closely spaced object discrimination; waveform diversity, particularly for space-based radar; and the Advanced Acquisition Decision Aid to evaluate technology investments.
Supported by the U.S. Navy, Air Force and National Reconnaissance Office Prometheus developed algorithms leading to the automatic determination and discrimination, in intense clutter, of organic materials including foliage, people, chemicals and biologicals at various temperatures and moisture content, as well as man-made objects such as submarines and mines.
Its algorithms compute materials identification in real time from scattered measurements, have good noise rejection and are robust to clutter. Its success in providing the Fleet with information not available in today’s operational sonar systems is exemplified by the FY12 award of a $3M Rapid Innovation Fund contract by the Navy. Its real-time object detection software provided a greater than 100-fold data reduction in the analysis of undersea video taken to locate and discriminate chemical munitions canisters in waters near Pearl Harbor.
(As published in the July/Aug 2014 edition of Marine Technology Reporter - http://www.marinetechnologynews.com/Magazine)