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Feature analysis for the NIITEK ground-penetrating radar using order-weighted averaging operators for landmine detection
Author(s): Paul D. Gader; Roopnath Grandhi; Wen-Hsiung Lee; Joseph N. Wilson; Dominic K. C. Ho
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Paper Abstract

An automated methodology for combining Ground Penetrating Radar features from different depths is presented and analyzed. GPR data from the NIITEK system are processed by a depth-dependent, adaptive whitening algorithm. Shape and contrast features, including compactness, solidity, eccentricity, and relative area are computed at the different depths. These features must be combined to make a decision as to the presence of a landmine at a specific location. Since many of the depths contain no useful information and the depths of the mines are unknown, a strategy based on sorting is used. In a previous work, sorted features were combined via a rule-based system. In the current paper, an automated algorithm that builds a decision rule from sets of Ordered Weighted Average (OWA) operators is described. The OWA operator sorts the feature values, weights them, and performs a weighted sum of the sorted values, resulting in a nonlinear combination of the feature values. The weights of the OWA operators are trained off-line in combination with those of a decision-making network and held fixed during testing. The combination of OWA operators and decision-making network is called a FOWA network. The FOWA network is compared to the rule-based method on real data taken from multiple collections at two outdoor test sites.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 September 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5415, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets IX, (21 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.544320
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Paul D. Gader, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Roopnath Grandhi, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Wen-Hsiung Lee, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Joseph N. Wilson, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Dominic K. C. Ho, Univ. of Missouri/Columbia (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5415:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets IX
Russell S. Harmon; J. Thomas Broach; John H. Holloway, Editor(s)

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