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Cueing, tracking, and identification in a maritime environment using the ULTOR optical processor
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Paper Abstract

Advanced Optical Systems, Inc. has developed the ULTOR system, a compact, high-speed optical processor that performs object recognition and precision tracking in real time for real-world applications by using data from imaging sensors. The heart of the ULTOR target recognition and tracking system is an optical correlator. The system includes real-time preprocessing, large filter stores, filter management logic, correlation detection and thresholding, correlation tracking, and data output. It is self contained, receiving operational commands as an Internet appliance. We have performed various laboratory and field experiments to verify the performance of the ULTOR system in a maritime environment. The experiments cover tracking specific objects in video clips to demonstrating real-time ULTOR system performance on the Cooper River in Charleston, South Carolina. The selected objects in the experiments include individual people, wave runners, boats, and ships. The paper will present a description of the ULTOR system and the results of the experiments. The latest processor advancements will be presented. These advancements will include ruggedization, algorithm development, and new operational methodologies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5780, Photonics for Port and Harbor Security, (19 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.604063
Show Author Affiliations
Joel D. Burcham, Advanced Optical Systems, Inc. (United States)
Joyce E. Vachon, Advanced Optical Systems, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5780:
Photonics for Port and Harbor Security
Michael J. DeWeert; Theodore T. Saito, Editor(s)

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