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Optical Engineering

Developing an interpretability scale for motion imagery
Author(s): John M. Irvine; Ana Ivelisse Aviles; David M. Cannon; Charles P. Fenimore; Donna S. Haverkamp; Steven A. Israel; Gary O'Brien; John W. Roberts
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Paper Abstract

The motion imagery community would benefit from standard measures for assessing image interpretability. The National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale (NIIRS) has served as a community standard for still imagery, but no comparable scale exists for motion imagery. Several considerations unique to motion imagery indicate that the standard methodology employed in the past for NIIRS development may not be applicable or, at a minimum, requires modifications. The dynamic nature of motion imagery introduces a number of factors that do not affect the perceived interpretability of still imagery—namely target motion and camera motion. We conducted a series of evaluations to understand and quantify the effects of critical factors. This paper presents key findings about the relationship of perceived interpretability to ground sample distance, target motion, camera motion, and frame rate. Based on these findings, we modified the scale development methodology and validated the approach. The methodology adapts the standard NIIRS development procedures to the softcopy exploitation environment and focuses on image interpretation tasks that target the dynamic nature of motion imagery. This paper describes the proposed methodology, presents the findings from a methodology assessment evaluation, and offers recommendations for the full development of a scale for motion imagery.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Opt. Eng. 46(11) 117401 doi: 10.1117/1.2801504
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 46, Issue 11
Show Author Affiliations
John M. Irvine, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Ana Ivelisse Aviles, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
David M. Cannon, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Charles P. Fenimore, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Donna S. Haverkamp, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Steven A. Israel, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Gary O'Brien, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
John W. Roberts, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)


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