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Personal-computer-based closed-loop performance analyzer for visible and infrared image tracking systems
Author(s): Thomas D. Williams; Gregg L. Vaughn
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Paper Abstract

A critical problem in current missile guidance systems is that of tracking targets based on visible light or infrared imaging systems. There is a need to test video tracking system algorithms and hardware without the expense of firing a missile. The work described in this paper, fills the need for low-cost, Personal Computer (PC) based, portable evaluation of tracking systems. This tracker evaluation system consists of a PC, compatible non- developmental hardware, and software to generate real time video and analyze the tracker results. The testing platform can use either a serial (RS232-C) or parallel interface to communicate with the tracker. The PC software is driven by a powerful easy-to-use script language that can be used to select a set of standard tests or describe a fine-tuned customized test to simulate a specific scenario. After the tracker has been tested, the PC software performs statistical analysis on the tracker results to determine tracker performance. PC based closed loop performance evaluation is used to obtain a quick and reliable set of tracker performance values. These values are used to ensure that a tracker meets its specifications, to determine the ability of the tracker to meet the needs of a particular application, and to compare the performance with other trackers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 October 1993
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1954, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 1993, (22 October 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.157795
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas D. Williams, Southern Research Technologies Electro-Optics, Inc. (United States)
Gregg L. Vaughn, Univ. of Alabama/Birmingham (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1954:
Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 1993
Oliver E. Drummond, Editor(s)

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