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Pipelined algorithm and parallel architecture for real-time detection of sparse small objects in images
Author(s): Mabo Robert Ito; Sinh Duong; John E. McFee; Kevin L. Russell
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Paper Abstract

A pipe-lined algorithm and parallel architecture is under development for real time detection of sparse small objects in images. Monochromatic images from an airborne active infrared scanner, images from a low-altitude aircraft-mounted multispectral scanner, and passive infrared imagery obtained from cameras mounted on ground vehicle are the image types intended for the application of this system to the detection of minefields. The paper briefly describes the characteristics of these three different kinds of image sensors and the operating environments. The general image processing system architecture and the functions of each of the components are also presented. The feature selection and algorithm adaptations for each of the image classes are described. Preliminary results obtained from an experimental system consisting of a small transputer network and array processors are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 October 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3163, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 1997, (29 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.279518
Show Author Affiliations
Mabo Robert Ito, Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Sinh Duong, Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
John E. McFee, Defence Research Establishment Suffield (Canada)
Kevin L. Russell, Defence Research Establishment Suffield (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3163:
Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 1997
Oliver E. Drummond, Editor(s)

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