Dr. Jeffrey Bowles Receives Technology Transfer Award

5/27/2003 - 38-03r
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Dr. Jeffrey Bowles, of the Naval Research Laboratory's Remote Sensing Division, received the 2003 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer. He was recognized for his successful transfer of ORASIS, a software application. The award recognizes employees for outstanding work that has led to the successful transfer of technology developed at a Federal laboratory. Dr. Bowles received his award at a ceremony at the FLC annual meeting held May 7, 2003, in Tucson, Arizona.

The Optical Real-Time Adaptive Spectral Identification System (ORASIS), developed by Dr. Bowles and others, is used for the analysis and compression of hyperspectral images. ORASIS is based on algorithms developed and patented by NRL. Hyperspectral images are composite images made up of multiple pictures of a "scene" taken at different wavelengths. This technology mathematically identifies constituent components and maps their abundances within the image. The technology greatly enhances the contrast of military targets and helps to automate the processing of the images and is, therefore, of great interest to meet Department of Defense surveillance needs.

Recognizing the potential commercial value of the technology in addition to its DoD applications, Dr. Bowles and the NRL Technology Transfer Office worked to identify interested commercial partners. Through their efforts, ORASIS has been transferred to Advanced Power Technology, Incorporated (APTI) (now part of BAE Systems) under the terms of a nonexclusive license with NRL. Using the technology, APTI is selling value-added earth image analysis products and services, such as customized maps, and systems for remote sensing data collection and analysis.

The earth image products from ORASIS will be used for oil, gas, and mineral exploration; environmental assessment; crop analysis for optimizing irrigation and fertilization; and military remote sensing. Based on the array of areas in which the technology can be applied, the individuals, businesses, and agencies that will benefit range from doctors and patients to farmers, manufacturers and oil companies.

Dr. Bowles received his Ph.D. in physics from University of California, Irvine, in 1992. He came to work at NRL in 1993 as a Postdoctoral Fellow and eventually became a government employee in 1996. In 2002 he was recognized by the Laboratory with an NRL Technology Transfer Award.

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