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Integration of a road network into a radar ground moving target tracking (GMTT) system and its performance evaluation
Author(s): Sam Blackman; Kathy Fong; Douglas E. Carroll; Justin Lancaster; Robert Dempster
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Paper Abstract

This paper discusses the application of multiple hypothesis tracking (MHT) to the processing of ground target data collected with a long range surveillance radar. A key element in the successful tracking of ground targets is the use of road networks. Thus, the paper begins with an overview of the alternative approaches that have been considered for incorporating road data into a ground target tracker and then it gives a detailed description of the methods that have been chosen. The major design issues to be addressed include the manner in which road filter models are included into a Variable-Structure Interacting Multiple Model (IMM) filtering scheme, how the road filter models are chosen to handle winding roads and intersections, and the tracking of targets that go on and off-road. Performance will be illustrated using simulated data and real data collected from a large surveillance area with a GMTI radar. The area considered contains regions of heavy to moderate target densities and clutter. Since the real data included only targets of opportunity (TOO), it was necessary to define metrics to evaluate relative performance as alternative tracking methods/parameters are considered. These metrics are discussed and comparative results are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 September 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7445, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 2009, 74450S (4 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.824211
Show Author Affiliations
Sam Blackman, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Kathy Fong, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Douglas E. Carroll, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Justin Lancaster, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Robert Dempster, Independent Contractor (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7445:
Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 2009
Oliver E. Drummond; Richard D. Teichgraeber, Editor(s)

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