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Elements of target detection for ground sensor systems
Author(s): Abhijit Mahalanobis; Robert R. Muise; S. Robert Stanfill; Daniel Rutherford
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Paper Abstract

The primary application considered in this paper is target detection in infra-red (IR) imagery for ground surveillance application. The problem is characterized by the need to rapidly search large areas, and ascertain the presence and location of threat objects. The challenge is in not only processing large images rapidly, but also reducing false alarm rates while achieving high levels of correct target detections. Performance is a function of many factors including the clutter type and density, the quality of the image and target signature, and the adequacy of the target data base. Although many types of target detection algorithms exist, we use a method based on quadratic correlation filters. The results of independent tests and evaluations by Night Vision Laboratory are also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 May 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5796, Unattended Ground Sensor Technologies and Applications VII, (27 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.606220
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Abhijit Mahalanobis, Lockheed Martin, Missiles and Fire Control (United States)
Robert R. Muise, Lockheed Martin, Missiles and Fire Control (United States)
S. Robert Stanfill, Lockheed Martin, Missiles and Fire Control (United States)
Daniel Rutherford, Lockheed Martin, Missiles and Fire Control (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5796:
Unattended Ground Sensor Technologies and Applications VII
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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