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Infrared sensor modeling for discrimination of ground-based human activity
Author(s): Eric Flug; Dawne Deaver
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Paper Abstract

In an initial effort to better understand how motion in human activities influences sensor performance, Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) developed a perception experiment that tests an observer's ability to identify an activity in static and dynamic scenes. Current sensor models such as NVTherm were calibrated using static imagery of military vehicles but, given the current battlefield environment, the focus has shifted more towards discriminating human activities. In these activities, motion plays an important role but this role is not well quantified by the model. This study looks at twelve hostile and non-hostile activities that may be performed on an urban roadside such as digging a hole, raking, surveillance with binoculars, and holding several weapons. The forced choice experiment presents the activities in both static and dynamic scenes so that the effect of adding motion can be evaluated. The results are analyzed and attempts are made at relating observer performance to various static and dynamic metrics and ultimately developing a calibration for the sensor model.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 April 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6941, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XIX, 69410D (15 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.778109
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Eric Flug, U.S. Army RDECOM CERDEC Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Dawne Deaver, U.S. Army RDECOM CERDEC Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6941:
Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XIX
Gerald C. Holst, Editor(s)

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