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Direction-of-arrival interferometer array design using genetic algorithm with fuzzy logic
Author(s): S. Nils Straatveit
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Paper Abstract

Design of interferometer arrays for radio frequency direction of arrival estimation involves optimizing conflicting requirements. For example, high resolution conflicts with low cost. Lower level requirements also invoke lower level design issues such as ambiguity in direction of arrival angle. A more efficient array design process is described here, which uses a genetic algorithm with a growing genome and fuzzy logic scoring. Extensive simulation software is also needed. Simulation starts with randomized small array configurations. These are then evaluated against the fitness functions with results scored using fuzzy logic. The best-fit of the population are combined to produce the next generation. A mutation function introduces slight randomness in some genomes. Finally, if the overall population scores well the size of the genome is increased until final genome size is consistent with the desired array resolution requirement. The genetic algorithm design process described here produced a number of array designs. The results indicate discrete stages or steps in the optimization and an interesting trade-off of lower resolution for greater accuracy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 April 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5421, Intelligent Computing: Theory and Applications II, (12 April 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.541608
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S. Nils Straatveit, Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5421:
Intelligent Computing: Theory and Applications II
Kevin L. Priddy, Editor(s)

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