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Adaptive sensor placement for target tracking in the presence of uncertainties
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Paper Abstract

Recently a general framework for sensor resource management, which has been shown to allow efficient and effective utilization of a multisensor system was introduced in5. The basis of this technique is to use the Posterior Cramer-Rao Lower Bound (PCRLB) to quantify and control the optimal achievable accuracy of target state estimation. In the current paper we extend this framework by addressing the issues of imperfect sensor placement and uncertain sensor movement (e.g., sensor drift). In contrast the previous work considered only the case where the sensor location is known exactly. The crucial consideration is then how these two forms of uncertainty affect the sensor management strategy. If unaccounted for, these uncertainties will render the output of the resource manager useless. We adjust the PCRLB to account for sensor location uncertainty, and we also allow for measurement origin uncertainty (missed target originated detections and false alarms). The work is motivated by the problem of tracking a submarine by adaptively deploying sonobuoys from a helicopter. Simulation results are presented to show the advantages of accounting for sensor location uncertainty within this focal domain of anti-submarine warfare. The same technique can be used for tracking using unattended ground sensors (UGS) or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 January 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5204, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 2003, (5 January 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.504872
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Kumaradevan Punithakumar, McMaster Univ. (Canada)
Thiagalingam Kirubarajan, McMaster Univ. (Canada)
Marcel L. Hernandez, QinetiQ Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5204:
Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 2003
Oliver E. Drummond, Editor(s)

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