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Range and brightness fusion: using radar and electro-optical data association for tracking small objects
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we consider the tracking of small distant objects using Radar and Electro-Optical (EO) sensors. In particular we address the problem of data association after coalescence - this happens when two objects become sufficiently close (in angular terms) that they can no longer be resolved by the EO sensor. Some moments later they de-coalesce and the resulting detections must be associated with the existing tracks in the EO sensor. Traditionally this would be solved by making use of the velocity vectors of the objects prior to coalescence. This approach can work well for crossing objects, but when the objects are largely moving in a direction radial to the sensor it becomes problematic. Here we investigate the use of data fusion to combine Radar range with a brightness measure derived from an EO sensor to enhance the accuracy of data association. We present a number of results on the performance of this approach taking into account target motion, atmospheric conditions and sensor noise.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5096, Signal Processing, Sensor Fusion, and Target Recognition XII, (25 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.487002
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Philip G. Whitehead, Alenia Marconi Systems Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Mark Bernhardt, Waterfall Solutions Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Duncan Hickman, Alenia Marconi Systems Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Christopher Dent, Alenia Marconi Systems Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5096:
Signal Processing, Sensor Fusion, and Target Recognition XII
Ivan Kadar, Editor(s)

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