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Robust automatic camera pointing for airborne surveillance
Author(s): David Dwyer; Lee Wren; John Thornton; Nigel Bonsor
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Paper Abstract

Airborne electro-optic surveillance from a moving platform currently requires regular interaction from a trained operator. Even simple tasks such as fixating on a static point on the ground can demand constant adjustment of the camera orientation to compensate for platform motion. In order to free up operator time for other tasks such as navigation and communication with ground assets, an automatic gaze control system is needed. This paper describes such a system, based purely on tracking points within the video image. A number of scene points are automatically selected and their inter-frame motion tracked. The scene motion is then estimated using a model of a planar projective transform. For reliable and accurate camera pointing, the modeling of the scene motion must be robust to common problems such as scene point obscuration, objects moving independently within the scene and image noise. This paper details a COTS based system for automatic camera fixation and describes ways of preventing objects moving in the scene or poor motion estimates from corrupting the scene motion model.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 August 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4708, Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Defense and Law Enforcement, (14 August 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.479307
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David Dwyer, Octec Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Lee Wren, Octec Ltd. (United Kingdom)
John Thornton, Octec Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Nigel Bonsor, Octec Ltd. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4708:
Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Defense and Law Enforcement
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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