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Autonomous target recognition using remotely sensed surface vibration measurements
Author(s): James Geurts; Dennis W. Ruck; Steven K. Rogers; Mark E. Oxley; Dallas Nick Barr
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Paper Abstract

The remotely measured surface vibration signatures of tactical military ground vehicles are investigated for use in target classification and identification friend or foe (IFF) systems. The use of remote surface vibration sensing by a laser radar reduces the effects of partial occlusion, concealment, and camouflage experienced by automatic target recognition systems using traditional imagery in a tactical battlefield environment. Linear Predictive Coding (LPC) efficiently represents the vibration signatures and nearest neighbor classifiers exploit the LPC feature set using a variety of distortion metrics. Nearest neighbor classifiers achieve an 88 percent classification rate in an eight class problem, representing a classification performance increase of thirty percent from previous efforts. A novel confidence figure of merit is implemented to attain a 100 percent classification rate with less than 60 percent rejection. The high classification rates are achieved on a target set which would pose significant problems to traditional image-based recognition systems. The targets are presented to the sensor in a variety of aspects and engine speeds at a range of 1 kilometer. The classification rates achieved demonstrate the benefits of using remote vibration measurement in a ground IFF system. The signature modeling and classification system can also be used to identify rotary and fixed-wing targets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 September 1993
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1955, Signal Processing, Sensor Fusion, and Target Recognition II, (3 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.154968
Show Author Affiliations
James Geurts, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Dennis W. Ruck, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Steven K. Rogers, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Mark E. Oxley, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Dallas Nick Barr, Army Night Vision Electronics Directorate (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1955:
Signal Processing, Sensor Fusion, and Target Recognition II
Ivan Kadar; Vibeke Libby, Editor(s)

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