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Unsupervised learning in persistent sensing for target recognition by wireless ad hoc networks of ground-based sensors
Author(s): William S. Hortos
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Paper Abstract

In previous work by the author, effective persistent and pervasive sensing for recognition and tracking of battlefield targets were seen to be achieved, using intelligent algorithms implemented by distributed mobile agents over a composite system of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for persistence and a wireless network of unattended ground sensors for pervasive coverage of the mission environment. While simulated performance results for the supervised algorithms of the composite system are shown to provide satisfactory target recognition over relatively brief periods of system operation, this performance can degrade by as much as 50% as target dynamics in the environment evolve beyond the period of system operation in which the training data are representative. To overcome this limitation, this paper applies the distributed approach using mobile agents to the network of ground-based wireless sensors alone, without the UAV subsystem, to provide persistent as well as pervasive sensing for target recognition and tracking. The supervised algorithms used in the earlier work are supplanted by unsupervised routines, including competitive-learning neural networks (CLNNs) and new versions of support vector machines (SVMs) for characterization of an unknown target environment. To capture the same physical phenomena from battlefield targets as the composite system, the suite of ground-based sensors can be expanded to include imaging and video capabilities. The spatial density of deployed sensor nodes is increased to allow more precise ground-based location and tracking of detected targets by active nodes. The "swarm" mobile agents enabling WSN intelligence are organized in a three processing stages: detection, recognition and sustained tracking of ground targets. Features formed from the compressed sensor data are down-selected according to an information-theoretic algorithm that reduces redundancy within the feature set, reducing the dimension of samples used in the target recognition and tracking routines. Target tracking is based on simplified versions of Kalman filtration. Accuracy of recognition and tracking of implemented versions of the proposed suite of unsupervised algorithms is somewhat degraded from the ideal. Target recognition and tracking by supervised routines and by unsupervised SVM and CLNN routines in the ground-based WSN is evaluated in simulations using published system values and sensor data from vehicular targets in ground-surveillance scenarios. Results are compared with previously published performance for the system of the ground-based sensor network (GSN) and UAV swarm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 April 2008
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 6961, Intelligent Computing: Theory and Applications VI, 696105 (15 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.779533
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William S. Hortos, Associates in Communications Engineering Research and Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6961:
Intelligent Computing: Theory and Applications VI
Kevin L. Priddy; Emre Ertin, Editor(s)

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