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An optimization approach to generate robust tradeoffs for the configuration of passive sensor fields against moving targets
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Paper Abstract

The performance of a distributed sensor field that seeks to achieve surveillance coverage against moving targets is tied to many different constraints and competing objectives. Understanding these tradeoffs is paramount if such systems are to be efficiently designed and employed. When physically deploying the sensor field, the placement of sensors in specific patterns can tremendously alter the system's performance relative to these tradeoffs. Given a robust parameterization of the field configuration, the tradeoffs manifest themselves as boundaries in the space of achievable parameter combinations under the system's constraints. In this paper, we utilize a numerical Pareto optimization approach to derive explicit tradeoff surfaces for the problem of a cooperative network of passive sensor nodes, illustrating the tradeoff between improving field-level search performance and decreasing false searches. We conclude by discussing the impact of these results on the deployment of sensor fields.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 May 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7693, Unattended Ground, Sea, and Air Sensor Technologies and Applications XII, 769310 (7 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.854686
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Thomas A. Wettergren, Naval Undersea Warfare Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7693:
Unattended Ground, Sea, and Air Sensor Technologies and Applications XII
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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