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VIGILANTE: an advanced sensing/processing testbed for ATR applications
Author(s): Suraphol Udomkesmalee; Anilkumar P. Thakoor; Curtis W. Padgett; Taher Daud; Wai-Chi Fang; Steven C. Suddarth
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Paper Abstract

VIGILANTE consists of two major components: (1) the viewing image/gimballed instrumentation laboratory (VIGIL) -- advanced infrared, visible, and ultraviolet sensors with appropriate optics and camera electronics; (2) the analog neural three- dimensional processing experiment (ANTE) -- a massively parallel, neural network-based, high-speed processor. The powerful combination of VIGIL and ANTE will provide real-time target recognition/tracking capability suitable for ballistic missile defense organization (BMDO) applications as well as a host of other civil and military uses. In this paper, we describe VIGILANTE and its application to typical automatic target recognition (ATR) applications (e.g., aircraft/missile detection, classification, and tracking), this includes a discussion of the VIGILANTE architecture with its unusual blend of experimental 3D electronic circuitry, custom design and commercial parallel processing components, as well as VIGILANTE's ability to handle a wide variety of algorithms which make extensive use of convolutions and neural networks. Our paper also presents examples and numerical results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 June 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3069, Automatic Target Recognition VII, (23 June 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.277145
Show Author Affiliations
Suraphol Udomkesmalee, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Anilkumar P. Thakoor, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Curtis W. Padgett, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Taher Daud, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Wai-Chi Fang, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Steven C. Suddarth, Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3069:
Automatic Target Recognition VII
Firooz A. Sadjadi, Editor(s)

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