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Application of multiple-hypothesis tracking to shipboard IRST tracking
Author(s): Samuel S. Blackman; Robert J. Dempster; G. K. Tucker; Stacy H. Roszkowski
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the use of multiple hypothesis tracking (MHT) for the IRST Shipboard Self Defense application. This application features a highly variable clutter background, such as produced by sun glint, and maneuvering targets. The paper presents a technique for including features, such as measured SNR, in the track score. Performance results are presented for the case of a simulated missile target inserted in an ocean background. The paper presents computer timing and sizing results to show that recently developed algorithm efficiencies and computational capabilities make real-time MHT tracker operation feasible within the near future. A comparative study of track maintenance shows the significant potential performance improvement of MHT when compared with other data association methods.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2759, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 1996, (31 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.241205
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Samuel S. Blackman, Hughes Aircraft Co. (United States)
Robert J. Dempster, Hughes Aircraft Co. (United States)
G. K. Tucker, Hughes Aircraft Co. (United States)
Stacy H. Roszkowski, Hughes Aircraft Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2759:
Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 1996
Oliver E. Drummond, Editor(s)

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