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Fuzzy logic multisensor association algorithm
Author(s): James F. Smith
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Paper Abstract

A recursive multisensor association algorithm has been developed based on fuzzy logic. It simultaneously determines fuzzy grades of membership and fuzzy cluster centers. It is capable of associating data from various sensor types and in its simplest form makes no assumption about noise statistics as many association algorithms do. The algorithm is capable of performing without operator intervention, i.e., it is unsupervised. It associates data from the same target for multiple sensor types. The algorithm also provides an estimate of the number of targets present, reduced noise estimates of the quantities being measured, and a measure of confidence to assign to the data association. The fuzzy logic formalism used offers the opportunity to incorporate additional information or heuristic rules easily. A comparison of the algorithm to a more conventional Bayesian association algorithm is provided. Also, procedures for defuzzification, i.e, mapping fuzzy results to hard results are discussed as well as the method of determining target validity. Various simulated and experimentally measured real-time data sets are analyzed and provide a basis for comparison of the fuzzy and Bayesian association algorithms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3068, Signal Processing, Sensor Fusion, and Target Recognition VI, (28 July 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.280788
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James F. Smith, Naval Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3068:
Signal Processing, Sensor Fusion, and Target Recognition VI
Ivan Kadar, Editor(s)

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