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Target detection in LADAR data using robust statistics
Author(s): Ramon Ll. Felip; Sira Ferradans; Jose Diaz-Caro; Xavier Binefa
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we present a novel way to analyze LADAR images and model its data. Having an aerial LADAR image as data source, our aim is to extract a parametric description of the ground of our scenario in order to discern between the data samples that belong to the ground and those that belong to vehicles, objects or clutter. Once the samples are divided, we process each of the objects to perform an early classification refering to the object type (vehicle, building or clutter). The final step of our method is to estimate the pose of the interesting objects by building its corresponding oriented 3D bounding box. Our method uses robust statistics in order to extract proper descriptions of both the ground and the oriented bounding boxes of the objects. Specifically, we use two robust parameter estimators : The Least Median Squares and the Variable Bandwith Quick Maximum Density Power Estimator, depending on the percentage of outliers that may be present in the different steps of our approach. Our method is open and can also be used along with other approaches that focus on extracting 3D invariant features or enhanced by applying a recognition step with the aid of model databases and 3D registration algorithms, such as the ICP.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 October 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5988, Electro-Optical Remote Sensing, 59880J (21 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.630698
Show Author Affiliations
Ramon Ll. Felip, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
Sira Ferradans, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
Jose Diaz-Caro, Ministry of Defence, Madrid (Spain)
Xavier Binefa, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5988:
Electro-Optical Remote Sensing
Gary W. Kamerman; David V. Willetts, Editor(s)

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