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Multispectral index for the remote detection of human skin signatures
Author(s): Gladimir V. G. Baranoski; Tenn F. Chen

Paper Abstract

We propose a multispectral index to assist the detection of human signatures in complex natural environments. Differently from previously proposed indices, it takes into account the spectral responses of human skin not only in the near infrared, but also in the visible region of the light spectrum. As a result, it can contribute to mitigate the chances of false alarms during time-critical search and rescue operations carried out in such environments. Our investigation is supported by the use of reflectance data measured for different skin specimens and natural materials such as sand, ocean water, melting snow, and forest vegetation. We believe that the observations reported in this work can be incorporated into the design of more effective procedures and devices for the differentiation of human targets from background materials commonly found in nature.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2015
PDF: 3 pages
Opt. Eng. 54(7) 070502 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.54.7.070502
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 54, Issue 7
Show Author Affiliations
Gladimir V. G. Baranoski, Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)
Tenn F. Chen, Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)

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