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Optical Engineering • Open Access

Pyroelectric linear array sensor for object recognition

Paper Abstract

This paper presents a proof of concept sensor system based on a linear array of pyroelectric detectors for recognition of moving objects. The utility of this prototype sensor is demonstrated by its use in trail monitoring and perimeter protection applications for classifying humans against animals with object motion transverse to the field of view of the sensor array. Data acquisition using the system was performed under varied terrains and using a wide variety of animals and humans. With the objective of eventually porting the algorithms onto a low resource computational platform, simple signal processing, feature extraction, and classification techniques are used. The object recognition algorithm uses a combination of geometrical and texture features to provide limited insensitivity to range and speed. Analysis of system performance shows its effectiveness in discriminating humans and animals with high classification accuracy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 February 2014
PDF: 10 pages
Opt. Eng. 53(2) 023101 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.53.2.023101
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 53, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
Srikant Chari, The Univ. of Memphis (United States)
Eddie L. Jacobs, The Univ. of Memphis (United States)
Divya Choudhary, Christian Brothers Univ. (United States)


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