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Latency-information theory and applications: Part II. On real-world knowledge aided radar
Author(s): Erlan H. Feria
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Paper Abstract

In this second of a multi-paper series latency-information theory (LIT), the integration of information theory with its time dual, i.e., latency theory, is successfully applied to DARPA's knowledge aided sensor signal processing expert reasoning (KASSPER) program. LIT encapsulates the concept of the time dual of a lossy source coder, i.e., a lossy processor coder. A lossy processor coder is a replacement for a signal-processor. This lossy processor coder is faster, simpler to implement, and yields a better performance than the original signal-processor when the processor input appears in a highly compressed-decompressed lossy fashion. In particular, a lossy clutter covariance processor (CCP) architecture is investigated that has successfully replaced KASSPER's originally advanced lossless CCP and enabled its SAR imagery prior knowledge to be highly compressed-decompressed. This result is illustrated with a typical SAR image which is compresseddecompressed by a factor 8,172. Using this image and under severely taxing environmental disturbances outstanding detections are achieved with the lossy CCP. Furthermore, this result is derived with a lossy CCP that is at least five orders of magnitude faster and significantly simpler to implement than the corresponding lossless CCP whose SINR detection performance is nevertheless unsatisfactory. As a final comment it is also observed that LIT illuminates biological system studies since it provides a lossy mechanism that explains how outstanding detections may be arrived at by biological systems that use highly lossy compressed prior knowledge, e.g., when a human expertly detects a face seen only once before even though that face cannot be accurately described prior to such new viewing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 April 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6982, Mobile Multimedia/Image Processing, Security, and Applications 2008, 698211 (22 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.784549
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Erlan H. Feria, College of Staten Island/CUNY (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6982:
Mobile Multimedia/Image Processing, Security, and Applications 2008
Sos S. Agaian; Sabah A. Jassim, Editor(s)

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