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Methodology study for development of a motion imagery quality metric
Author(s): John M. Irvine; David Cannon; James Miller; Jeffrey Bartolucci; Gary O'Brien; Laurie Gibson; Charles Fenimore; John Roberts; Ivelisse Aviles; Michelle Brennan; Aloise Bozell; Larry Simon; Steven A. Israel
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Paper Abstract

The motion imagery community would benefit from the availability of standard measures for assessing image interpretability. The National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale (NIIRS) has served as a community standard for still imagery, but no comparable scale exists for motion imagery. Several considerations unique to motion imagery indicate that the standard methodology employed in the past for NIIRS development may not be applicable or, at a minimum, requires modifications. The dynamic nature of motion imagery introduces a number of factors that do not affect the perceived interpretability of still imagery - namely target motion and camera motion. A set of studies sponsored by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) have been conducted to understand and quantify the effects of critical factors. This study discusses the development and validation of a methodology that has been proposed for the development of a NIIRS-like scale for motion imagery. The methodology adapts the standard NIIRS development procedures to the softcopy exploitation environment and focuses on image interpretation tasks that target the dynamic nature of motion imagery. This paper describes the proposed methodology, presents the findings from a methodology assessment evaluation, and offers recommendations for the full development of a scale for motion imagery.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6209, Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications III, 620903 (5 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.665197
Show Author Affiliations
John M. Irvine, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
David Cannon, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
James Miller, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Jeffrey Bartolucci, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (United States)
Gary O'Brien, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Laurie Gibson, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Charles Fenimore, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
John Roberts, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Ivelisse Aviles, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Michelle Brennan, Moriarty Associates (United States)
Aloise Bozell, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Larry Simon, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Steven A. Israel, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6209:
Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications III
Daniel J. Henry, Editor(s)

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