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Landmine detection with ground penetrating radar using discrete hidden Markov models with symbol dependent features
Author(s): Hichem Frigui; Oualid Missaoui; Paul Gader
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we propose an efficient Discrete Hidden Markov Models (DHMM) for landmine detection that rely on training data to learn the relevant features that characterize different signatures (mines and non-mines), and can adapt to different environments and different radar characteristics. Our work is motivated by the fact that mines and clutter objects have different characteristics depending on the mine type, soil and weather conditions, and burial depth. Thus, ideally different sets of specialized features may be needed to achieve high detection and low false alarm rates. The proposed approach includes three main components: feature extraction, clustering, and DHMM. First, since we do not assume that the relevant features for the different signatures are known a priori, we proceed by extracting several sets of features for each signature. Then, we apply a clustering and feature discrimination algorithm to the training data to quantize it into a set of symbols and learn feature relevance weights for each symbol. These symbols and their weights are then used in a DHMM framework to learn the parameters of the mine and the background models. Preliminary results on large and diverse ground penetrating radar data show that the proposed method outperforms the basic DHMM where all the features are treated equally important.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 April 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6953, Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XIII, 69531C (29 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.782420
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Hichem Frigui, Univ. of Louisville (United States)
Oualid Missaoui, Univ. of Louisville (United States)
Paul Gader, Univ. of Florida (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6953:
Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XIII
Russell S. Harmon; John H. Holloway; J. Thomas Broach, Editor(s)

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