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Robust edge-detection algorithm for runway edge detection
Author(s): Swathi Tandra; Zia-ur Rahman
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Paper Abstract

Fog and other poor visibility conditions hamper the visibility of runway surfaces and any obstacles present on the runway, potentially creating a situation where a pilot may not be able to safely land the aircraft. Assisting the pilot to land the aircraft safely in such conditions is an active area of research. We are investigating a method that combines non-linear image enhancement with classification of runway edges to detect objects on the runway. The image is segmented into runaway and non-runway regions, and objects that are found in the runway regions are deemed to constitute potential hazards. For runway edge classification, we make use of the long, continuous edges in the image stream. This paper describes a new method for edge-detection that is robust to the imaging conditions under which we are acquiring the imagery. This edge-detection method extracts edges using a locally adaptive threshold for the detection. The proposed algorithm is evaluated qualitatively and quantitatively on different types of images, especially acquired under poor visibility conditions. Additionally the results of our new algorithm are compared with other, more conventional edge detectors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 February 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6813, Image Processing: Machine Vision Applications, 68130L (26 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.766643
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Swathi Tandra, Old Dominion Univ. (United States)
Zia-ur Rahman, Old Dominion Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6813:
Image Processing: Machine Vision Applications
Kurt S. Niel; David Fofi, Editor(s)

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