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Target detection cycle criteria when using the targeting task performance metric
Author(s): Jonathan G. Hixson; Eddie L. Jacobs; Richard H. Vollmerhausen
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Paper Abstract

The US Army RDECOM CERDEC Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate of the US Army (NVESD) has developed a new target acquisition metric to better predict the performance of modern electro-optical imagers. The TTP metric replaces the Johnson criteria. One problem with transitioning to the new model is that the difficulty of searching in a terrain has traditionally been quantified by an "N50." The N50 is the number of Johnson criteria cycles needed for the observer to detect the target half the time, assuming that the observer is not time limited. In order to make use of this empirical data base, a conversion must be found relating Johnson cycles for detection to TTP cycles for detection. This paper describes how that relationship is established. We have found that the relationship between Johnson and TTP is 1:2.7 for the recognition and identification tasks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 December 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5612, Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications, (6 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.577830
Show Author Affiliations
Jonathan G. Hixson, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Eddie L. Jacobs, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Richard H. Vollmerhausen, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5612:
Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications
Ronald G. Driggers; David A. Huckridge, Editor(s)

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