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Minimax distance transform correlation filter-based target detection in FLIR imagery
Author(s): J. F. Khan; M. S. Alam; R. R. Adhami; S. M. A. Bhuiyan
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Paper Abstract

This paper proposes a method to detect objects of arbitrary poses and sizes from a complex forward looking infrared (FLIR) image scene exploiting image correlation technique along with the preprocessing of the scene using a class of morphological operators. This presented automatic target recognition (ATR) algorithm consists of two steps. In the first step, the image is preprocessed, by employing morphological reconstruction operators, to remove the background as well as clutter and to intensify the presence of both low or high contrast targets. This step also involves in finding the possible candidate target regions or region of interests (ROIs) and passing those ROIs to the second step for classification. The second step exploits template-matching technique such as minimax distance transform correlation filter (MDTCF) to identify the true target from the false alarms in the pre-selected ROIs after classification. The MDTCF minimizes the average squared distance from the filtered true-class training images to a filtered reference image while maximizing the mean squared distance of the filtered false-class training images to this filtered reference image. This approach increases the separation between the false-class correlation outputs and the true-class correlation outputs. Classification is performed using the squared distance of a filtered test image to the chosen filtered reference image. The proposed technique has been tested with real life FLIR image sequences supplied by the Army Missile Command (AMCOM). Experimental results, obtained with these real FLIR image sequences, illustrating a wide variety of target and clutter variability, demonstrate the effectiveness and robustness of the proposed method.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5909, Applications of Digital Image Processing XXVIII, 590907 (15 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.618578
Show Author Affiliations
J. F. Khan, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
M. S. Alam, Univ. of South Alabama (United States)
R. R. Adhami, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
S. M. A. Bhuiyan, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5909:
Applications of Digital Image Processing XXVIII
Andrew G. Tescher, Editor(s)

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