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A modified method of passive ranging using optical flow of target infrared images
Author(s): Shike Huang; Lin Tao; Tianxu Zhang
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Paper Abstract

A modified method of passive ranging from optical flow (OF) of infrared target was proposed. The range was achieved through analyze of the movement of the imaging sensor and the OF of the target. As the traditional passive ranging algorithm was only using the definition but no OF in the range estimation. The resolution of the imaging system will influence the ranging result strongly. The OF of the potential target image from an adequate length of temporal changing rate. The direct use of OF in range estimation is supported by a modified 3D gradient operator. We present the OF parameters clustering method to achieve more robust result. Firstly, we use median filter to remove the wildpoints and outliers of the image sequences. Secondly, the moving target was segmented with auto-adaptive threshold algorithm. The whole target was obtained by the OF of the pixels inside the smallest rectangle that surrounds the target. A range expression at each pixel may directly calculate from the pixel location, the motion parameter and OF. Finally, the range to the target is the average range of the target area pixels. The experiment result shows that the algorithm can be applied to the infrared target passive ranging applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 November 2005
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6044, MIPPR 2005: Image Analysis Techniques, 60441N (3 November 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.655230
Show Author Affiliations
Shike Huang, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Lin Tao, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Tianxu Zhang, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6044:
MIPPR 2005: Image Analysis Techniques
Deren Li; Hongchao Ma, Editor(s)

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