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Multitarget-multisensor tracking in an urban environment: a closed-loop approach
Author(s): Patricia R. Barbosa; Edwin K. P. Chong; Sofia Suvorova; Bill Moran
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Paper Abstract

When compared to tracking airborne targets, tracking ground targets on urban terrains brings a new set of challenges. Target mobility is constrained by road networks, and the quality of measurements is affected by dense clutter, multipath, and limited line-of-sight. We investigate the integration of detection, signal processing, tracking, and scheduling by exploiting distinct levels of diversity: (1) spatial diversity through the use of coordinated multistatic radars; (2) waveform diversity by adaptively scheduling the transmitted radar waveform according to the scene conditions; and (3) motion model diversity by using a bank of parallel filters, each one matched to a different maneuvering model. Specifically, at each scan, the waveform that yields the minimum one-step-ahead error covariance matrix determinant is transmitted; the received signal is then matched-filtered, and quadratic curve fitting is applied to extract range and azimuth measurements that are input to the LMIPDA-VSIMM algorithm for data association and filtering. Monte Carlo simulations are used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed system on a realistic urban scenario. A more traditional open-loop system, in which waveforms are scheduled on a round-robin fashion and with no other modes of diversity available, is used as a baseline for comparison. Simulation results show that our closed-loop system significantly outperforms the baseline system, presenting both a reduction on the number of lost tracks, and a reduction on the volume of the estimation uncertainty ellipse. The interdisciplinary nature of this work highlights the challenges involved in designing a closed-loop active sensing platform for next-generation urban tracking systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 April 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6969, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 2008, 69690W (16 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.777147
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Patricia R. Barbosa, Colorado State Univ. (United States)
Intermap Technologies Inc. (United States)
Edwin K. P. Chong, Colorado State Univ. (United States)
Sofia Suvorova, Univ. of Melbourne (Australia)
Bill Moran, Univ. of Melbourne (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6969:
Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 2008
Oliver E. Drummond, Editor(s)

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