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Biomimetic fusion that enhances sensor performance in a bimodal surveillance system
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Paper Abstract

Algorithms for synergistically fusing acoustic and optical sensory inputs, thereby mimicking biological attentional processes are described. Manual existing perimeter defense surveillance systems using more than one sensory modality combine different sensors' information to corroborate findings by other sensors and to add data from a second modality. In contrast to how conventional systems work, animals use information from multiple sensory inputs in a way that improves each sensory system's performance. We demonstrated that performance is enhanced when information in one modality is used to focus processing in the other modality (a form of attention). This synergistic bi-modal operation improves surveillance efficacy by focusing auditory and visual "attention" on a particular target or location. Algorithms for focusing auditory and visual sensors using detection information were developed. These combination algorithms perform "zoom-with-enhanced-acuity" in both the visual and auditory domains, triggered by detection in either domain. Sensory-input processing algorithms focus on specific locations, indicated by at least one of the modalities. This spatially focused processing emulates biological attention-driven focusing. We showed that given information about the target, the acoustic algorithms were able to achieve over 80% correct target detection at signal-tonoise ratios (SNRs) of -20 dB and above, as compared with similar performance at SNRs of -10 db and above without target information from another modality. Similarly, the visual algorithm achieved performance of over 80% detection with added noise variance of 0.001 without target indication, but maintained 100% detection at added noise variance of 0.05 when acoustic target information was taken into account.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 2011
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8046, Unattended Ground, Sea, and Air Sensor Technologies and Applications XIII, 804609 (23 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.883399
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Leah Ziph-Schatzberg, The Boston Univ. Photonics Ctr. (United States)
Sarah Kelsall, General Dynamics Electric Boat (United States)
Allyn E. Hubbard, Boston Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8046:
Unattended Ground, Sea, and Air Sensor Technologies and Applications XIII
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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