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GUI for automated detection of surface mines using iterated hybrid morphological filters
Author(s): Sinan Batman; John Ioannis Goutsias; Manoj B. Palki
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Paper Abstract

An unsupervised algorithm is proposed for land mine detection in heavily cluttered multispectral images, based on iterating hybrid multi-spectral morphological filters. The hybrid filter used in each iteration consists of a decorrelating linear transform coupled with a nonlinear morphological detection component. Targets, extracted from the first pass, are used to improve detection results of the subsequent iteration, by helping to update covariance estimates of relevant filter variables. The procedure is stopped after a predetermined number of iterations is reached. Current implementation addresses several weaknesses associated with previous versions of the hybrid morphological approach to land mine detection. Improvement in detection accuracy and speed, robustness with respect to clutter inhomogeneity, and a completely unsupervised operation are the main highlights of the proposed approach. Our experimental investigation reveals substantially superior detection performance and lower false alarm rates over previous schemes. Properties of a graphical user interface (GUI), based on the proposed iterative morphological detection scheme, are also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 October 2001
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4394, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VI, (18 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.445484
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Sinan Batman, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
John Ioannis Goutsias, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Manoj B. Palki, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4394:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VI
Abinash C. Dubey; James F. Harvey; J. Thomas Broach; Vivian George, Editor(s)

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