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Track and tracklet fusion filtering
Author(s): Oliver E. Drummond
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Paper Abstract

Track and tracklet fusion filtering is complicated because the estimation errors of tracks from two sources for the same target may be cross-correlated. This cross-correlation of these errors should be taken into account when designing the filter used to combine the track data. This paper addresses the various track and tracklet fusion methods and their impact on communications load and tracking characteristics. In track and tracklet fusion a sequence of measurements is processed at the sensor or platform level to form tracks; then sensor level track data (in the form of tracks or tracklets) for a target is distributed and fused with each other or with a global track. Track Fusion and Tracklet Fusion are also sometimes called Hierarchical Fusion, Federated Fusion, or Distributed Fusion. Track data can include features or other information useful for target classification. One characteristic of track and tracklet fusion that distinguishes one method from another is whether the local track data is combined or if global tracks are maintained and updated using the sensor track data. Another important issue is whether there is filter process noise to accommodate target maneuvers. Some filtering methods are designed for maneuvering targets and others are not. This paper enumerates the various track and tracklet fusion methods for processing data from distributed sensors and their impact on filter performance and communications load.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 August 2002
PDF: 20 pages
Proc. SPIE 4728, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 2002, (7 August 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.478532
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Oliver E. Drummond, CyberRnD, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4728:
Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 2002
Oliver E. Drummond, Editor(s)

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