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SAR target indexing with hierarchical distance transforms
Author(s): Thomas W. Ryan; B. Egaas
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes an approach to simultaneous estimation of target category and pose from SAR imagery using a database of target model distance transforms organized in a hierarchical tree structure. Distance transforms are shown to provide a convenient method for distortion-based model matching without requiring specific feature associations. The technique provides an approach for categorizing targets under adverse conditions including partial obscuration and interference. We show that construction of a target hierarchy using clustering techniques can lead to a tree searching strategy that prunes the tree during the search and is guaranteed to locate the best-matching target models. We also provide empirical results using synthetic target model images produced by Xpatch and show how performance is affected by signature contamination.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 June 1996
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2757, Algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery III, (10 June 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.242045
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Thomas W. Ryan, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
B. Egaas, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2757:
Algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery III
Edmund G. Zelnio; Robert J. Douglass, Editor(s)

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