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Development of the gray-level co-occurrence matrix target trackability metric for imaging infrared missile systems
Author(s): Brian A. Brackney; Monte Keith Helton; Ricky Keith Hammon
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Paper Abstract

The Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (MRDEC) of the US Army Aviation and Missile Command has an ongoing effort to develop trackability metrics for imaging target trackers. Experience with imaging IR imagery has shown that classic approaches to target signature or trackability metrics employing signal-to-clutter ratio expressions are inadequate for resolved targets. Analysis of real imagery suggests that these expressions are limited by the use of first-order statistics to quantify the structure of both the target and the background. In most imagery for example, the background can not be adequately described by a single Gaussian-like process and thus, violate fundamental assumptions of these approaches. This paper summarizes the results of a multi-year effort that has resulted in the development of a Gray-Level Co-occurrence Matrix based Trackability Metric. This metric has become the basis for algorithm development and performance evaluation tools at MRDEC for both imaging terminal-homing missile seekers and imaging fire control applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 August 1998
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 3377, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing IX, (26 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.319377
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Brian A. Brackney, Dynetics, Inc. (United States)
Monte Keith Helton, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (United States)
Ricky Keith Hammon, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3377:
Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing IX
Gerald C. Holst, Editor(s)

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