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Center-surround filters for the detection of small targets in cluttered multispectral imagery: background and filter design
Author(s): Chyuan-Huei Thomas Yang; Mark S. Schmalz; Wen-Chen Hu; Gerhard X. Ritter
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Paper Abstract

Center-surround (CS) fields have long been identified in the human visual system as having properties of edge enhancement that facilitate the detection, location, and tracking of small objects. Unfortunately, the automatic digital implementation of such capabilities is not straightforward, since digital computers lack the neural functionality and connectivity inherent in the retina, optic chiasm, geniculate nuclei, and visual cortex. In this paper, we discuss efficient techniques for implementing CS detectors in terms of a class of nonlinear filters. In particular, we emphasize image enhancement schemes that cue the registration of CS detectors over the target, thus rendering our filters implementationally feasible in terms of hit rate and computational cost. Examples are given of the CS detectors that we call the adaptive Double- Gated and Triple-Gated filters (DGF and TGF). Such filters account for spatial nonstationary input. We further show how the DGF and TGF are useful for object detection in multispectral imagery. Analyses emphasize error and computational cost in practical sensing scenarios.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 June 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2496, Detection Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets, (20 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.211360
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Chyuan-Huei Thomas Yang, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Mark S. Schmalz, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Wen-Chen Hu, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Gerhard X. Ritter, Univ. of Florida (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2496:
Detection Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets
Abinash C. Dubey; Ivan Cindrich; James M. Ralston; Kelly A. Rigano, Editor(s)

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