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Current infrared target acquisition approach for military sensor design and wargaming
Author(s): Ronald G. Driggers; Eddie L. Jacobs; Richard H. Vollmerhausen; Barbara O'Kane; Mid Self; Steve Moyer; Jonathan G. Hixson; Gary Page; Keith Krapels; David Dixon; Regina Kistner; John Mazz
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Paper Abstract

The U.S. Army's infrared target acquisition models have been used for many years by the military sensor community, and there have been significant improvements to these models over the past few years. Significant improvements are the Target Task Performance (TTP) metric for all imaging sensors, the ACQUIRE-LC approach for low contrast infrared targets, and the development of discrimination criteria for the urban environment. This paper is intended to provide an overview of the current infrared target acquisition modeling approach. This paper will discuss recent advances and changes to the models and methodologies used to: (1) design and compare sensors, (2) predict expected target acquisition performance in the field, (3) predict target detection performance for combat simulations, (4) measure and characterize human operator performance in an operational environment (field performance), and (5) relate the models to target acquisition tasks and address targets that are relevant to urban operations. Finally, we present a catalog of discrimination criteria, characteristic dimensions, and target contrasts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 2006
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 6207, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XVII, 620709 (15 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.660963
Show Author Affiliations
Ronald G. Driggers, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Eddie L. Jacobs, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Richard H. Vollmerhausen, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Barbara O'Kane, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Mid Self, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Steve Moyer, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Jonathan G. Hixson, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Gary Page, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Keith Krapels, Office of Naval Research (United States)
David Dixon, White Sands Missile Range (United States)
Regina Kistner, U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity (United States)
John Mazz, U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6207:
Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XVII
Gerald C. Holst, Editor(s)

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