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On analysis and visualization of full-waveform airborne laser scanner data
Author(s): Ulf Soederman; Asa Persson; Johanna Toepel; Simon Ahlberg
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Paper Abstract

The ongoing technical developments on airborne laser scanner systems, with shorter pulses, increased operation altitudes, focal plane array detectors, full-waveform digitization and recoding, etc. provide new opportunities for the expansion and growth of military as well as civilian applications. However, for the continuing development of systems and applications one crucial issue is the research and development of new and efficient laser data processing methods for analysis and visualization. In this paper we will present some recent developments on visualization and analysis of full-waveform data. We will discuss visualization of waveform data by inserting the waveform samples in a 3D volume consisting of small 3D cells referred to as voxels. We will also present an approach for extracting additional 3D point data from the waveforms. The long term goal of this research is to develop methods for automated extraction of natural as well as man-made objects. The aim is to support the construction of high-fidelity 3D virtual environment models and detection and identification of man-made objects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5791, Laser Radar Technology and Applications X, (19 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.604655
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Ulf Soederman, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) (Sweden)
Asa Persson, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) (Sweden)
Johanna Toepel, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) (Sweden)
Simon Ahlberg, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) (Sweden)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5791:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications X
Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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