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Fusion of visible and thermal imagery improves situational awareness
Author(s): Alexander Toet; Jan Kees IJspeert; Allen M. Waxman; Mario Aguilar
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Paper Abstract

Two recently developed color image fusion techniques, the TNO fusion scheme and the MIT fusion scheme, are applied to visible and thermal images of military relevant scenarios. An observer experiment is performed to test if the increased amount of detail in the fused images can yield an improved observer performance in a task that requires situational awareness. The task that is devised involves the detection and localization of a person in the displayed scene relative to some characteristic details that provide the spatial context. Two important results are presented. First, it is shown that color fused imagery leads to improved target detection over all other modalities. Second, results show that observers can indeed determine the relative location of a person in a scene with a significantly higher accuracy when they perform with fused images, compared to the original image modalities. The MIT color fusion scheme yields the best overall performance. Even the most simple fusion scheme yields an observer performance that is better than that obtained for the individual images.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 June 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3088, Enhanced and Synthetic Vision 1997, (26 June 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.277232
Show Author Affiliations
Alexander Toet, TNO Human Factors Research Institute (Netherlands)
Jan Kees IJspeert, TNO Human Factors Research Institute (Netherlands)
Allen M. Waxman, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Mario Aguilar, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3088:
Enhanced and Synthetic Vision 1997
Jacques G. Verly, Editor(s)

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