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Setting thresholds in infrared images for the detection of concealed weapons
Author(s): Mohamed-Adel Slamani; Mark G. Alford; David D. Ferris
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Paper Abstract

This paper addresses the problem of finding the important thresholds in a scene for the detection of concealed weapon(s). Whenever the weapon's temperature is very close to that of the human body, the intensities in the area of the weapon are close to those of the human body. Thus, in a histogram, the intensities of the weapon area overlap with those of the human body causing (1) the weapon's intensities not to be identifiable in the histogram of the overall scene, and (2) the weapon not to be visually distinguishable in the scene. This problem is addressed by the mapping procedure of A'SCAPE. The procedure automatically detects all important thresholds in the scene including those separating regions with overlapping histograms. Real data of an IR scene is used to illustrate the procedure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3460, Applications of Digital Image Processing XXI, (1 October 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.323218
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Mohamed-Adel Slamani, Research Associates for Defense Conversion (United States)
Mark G. Alford, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
David D. Ferris, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3460:
Applications of Digital Image Processing XXI
Andrew G. Tescher, Editor(s)

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