The Air Force Research Labs located in Alberquerqie New Mexico has awarded Kitware Inc. a SBIR Phase I research grant to develop new algorithms for visualizing data with uncertainty. The data that computers process frequently contains uncertainty. An example of this is in weather forcasting, where a forcast will precict a 70% chance of rain. The 70% is called the uncertainty and in many applications it is ignored sometimes leading to disasterous results. The problem is that very few software systems have been developed to handle data with uncertainty, especially when it comes to visualization algorithms. Kitware’s expertise in visualization and object oriented design will be applied to develop new techniques to help people not only see the data, but also any uncertainty associated with it.
Kitware, Inc. is a leading software development company providing products and services in the areas of medical image analysis, visualization and 3D graphics, supercomputing, computer vision, open publication, and software quality process. Kitware is known for its advanced open source software tools such as the widely used Visualization Toolkit (VTK), Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK), and the CMake build management software. Established in 1998, Kitware is rapidly growing to support top research and development clients around the world; including such prestigious customers as the US National Labs (Sandia, Los Alamos, Livermore, and Argonne), the National Institutes of Health, the Army and Air Force Research labs, and a variety of academic, commercial and governmental research labs. Our commercial customers range from Fortune 500 oil and gas companies to small medical imaging start ups.