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Multimodal signature modeling of humans
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Paper Abstract

Georgia Tech been investigating method for the detection of covert personnel in traditionally difficult environments (e.g., urban, caves). This program focuses on a detailed phenomenological analysis of human physiology and signatures with the subsequent identification and characterization of potential observables. Both aspects are needed to support the development of personnel detection and tracking algorithms. The difficult nature of these personnel-related problems dictates a multimodal sensing approach. Human signature data of sufficient and accurate quality and quantity do not exist, thus the development of an accurate signature model for a human is needed. This model should also simulate various human activities to allow motion-based observables to be exploited. This paper will describe a multimodal signature modeling approach that incorporates human physiological aspects, thermoregulation, and dynamics into the signature calculation. This approach permits both passive and active signatures to be modeled. The focus of the current effort involved the computation of signatures in urban environments. This paper will discuss the development of a human motion model for use in simulating both electro-optical signatures and radar-based signatures. Video sequences of humans in a simulated urban environment will also be presented; results using these sequences for personnel tracking will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7687, Active and Passive Signatures, 76870D (5 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.850688
Show Author Affiliations
J. Michael Cathcart, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Brian Kocher, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Keith Prussing, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Sarah Lane, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Alan Thomas, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7687:
Active and Passive Signatures
G. Charmaine Gilbreath; Chadwick T. Hawley, Editor(s)

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