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A TOD dataset to validate human observer models for target acquisition modeling and objective sensor performance testing
Author(s): Piet Bijl; Frank L. Kooi; Maarten A. Hogervorst
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Paper Abstract

End-to-end Electro-Optical system performance tests such as TOD, MRTD and MTDP require the effort of several trained human observers, each performing a series of visual judgments on the displayed output of the system. This significantly contributes to the costs of sensor testing. Currently, several synthetic human observer models exist that can replace real human observers in the TOD sensor performance test and can be used in a TOD based Target Acquisition (TA) model. The reliability that may be expected with such a model is of key importance. In order to systematically test HVS (Human Vision System) models for automated TOD sensor performance testing, two general sets of human observer TOD threshold data were collected. The first set contains TOD data for the unaided human eye. The second set was collected on imagery processed with sensor effects, systematically varying primary sensor parameters such as diffraction blur, pixel pitch, and spatial noise. The set can easily be extended to other sensor effects including dynamic noise, boost, E-zoom, or fused sensor imagery and may serve as a benchmark for competing human vision and sensor performance models.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2014
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9249, Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications XI, 92490R (20 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2067454
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Piet Bijl, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)
Frank L. Kooi, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)
Maarten A. Hogervorst, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9249:
Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications XI
David A. Huckridge; Reinhard Ebert, Editor(s)

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