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Optimizing fusion architectures for limited training data sets
Author(s): Brian A. Baertlein; Ajith H. Gunatilaka
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Paper Abstract

A method is described to improve the performance of sensor fusion algorithms. Data sets available for training fusion algorithms are often smaller than described, since the sensor suite used for data acquisition is always limited by the slowest, least reliable sensor. In addition, the fusion process expands the dimension of the data, which increases the requirement for training data. By using structural risk minimization, a technique of statistical learning theory, a classifier of optimal complexity can be obtained, leading to improved performance. A technique for jointly optimizing the local decision thresholds is also described for hard- decision fusion. The procedure is demonstrated for EMI, GPR and MWIR data acquired at the US Army mine lanes at Fort AP Hill, VA, Site 71A. It is shown that fusion of features, soft decisions, and hard decisions each yield improved performance with respect to the individual sensors. Fusion decreases the overall error rate from roughly 20 percent for the best single sensor to roughly 10 percent for the best fused result.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 August 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4038, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets V, (22 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.396308
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Brian A. Baertlein, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
Ajith H. Gunatilaka, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4038:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets V
Abinash C. Dubey; James F. Harvey; J. Thomas Broach; Regina E. Dugan, Editor(s)

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