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STAC: a comprehensive sensor fusion model for scene characterization
Author(s): Zsolt Kira; Alan R. Wagner; Chris Kennedy; Jason Zutty; Grady Tuell
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Paper Abstract

We are interested in data fusion strategies for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions. Advances in theory, algorithms, and computational power have made it possible to extract rich semantic information from a wide variety of sensors, but these advances have raised new challenges in fusing the data. For example, in developing fusion algorithms for moving target identification (MTI) applications, what is the best way to combine image data having different temporal frequencies, and how should we introduce contextual information acquired from monitoring cell phones or from human intelligence? In addressing these questions we have found that existing data fusion models do not readily facilitate comparison of fusion algorithms performing such complex information extraction, so we developed a new model that does. Here, we present the Spatial, Temporal, Algorithm, and Cognition (STAC) model. STAC allows for describing the progression of multi-sensor raw data through increasing levels of abstraction, and provides a way to easily compare fusion strategies. It provides for unambiguous description of how multi-sensor data are combined, the computational algorithms being used, and how scene understanding is ultimately achieved. In this paper, we describe and illustrate the STAC model, and compare it to other existing models.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 2015
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9498, Multisensor, Multisource Information Fusion: Architectures, Algorithms, and Applications 2015, 949804 (22 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2178494
Show Author Affiliations
Zsolt Kira, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)
Alan R. Wagner, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)
Chris Kennedy, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)
Jason Zutty, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)
Grady Tuell, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9498:
Multisensor, Multisource Information Fusion: Architectures, Algorithms, and Applications 2015
Jerome J. Braun, Editor(s)

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