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Feature-based tracking algorithms for imaging infrared anti-ship missiles
Author(s): Greer J. Gray; Nabil Aouf; Mark A. Richardson; Brian Butters; Roy Walmsley; Edgar Nicholls
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Paper Abstract

This paper investigates feature based tracking algorithms that could be used within models of imaging infrared anti-ship missile seekers in a simulation environment. The algorithms use global shape based object features such as Fourier Descriptors or Hu Moments to track a target in rendered sensor images. A template of the desired target is saved during acquisition, and matching is performed between the template and the features of unknown objects extracted from subsequent sensor images. The centroid of the object that matches the best becomes the seeker aim-point. A seeker using local features, generated by the Scale Invariant Feature Transform, to track objects will also be examined. It discriminates between objects within the sensor images by clustering SIFT features that have neighbouring regions of similar intensity. The cluster of features whose average neighbouring intensity is the closest to a desired target template is chosen as the highest priority cluster. A variable radius distance metric is used to reject features in this cluster that are too far from the seeker's previous aim-point. The new aim-point is calculated as the centroid of the cluster of remaining features. Comparisons of the three algorithms' ability to track a naval vessel deploying countermeasures will be also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 October 2011
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8187, Technologies for Optical Countermeasures VIII, 81870T (6 October 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.897284
Show Author Affiliations
Greer J. Gray, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)
Nabil Aouf, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)
Mark A. Richardson, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)
Brian Butters, Chemring Countermeasures Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Roy Walmsley, Chemring Countermeasures Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Edgar Nicholls, Chemring Countermeasures Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8187:
Technologies for Optical Countermeasures VIII
David H. Titterton; Mark A. Richardson, Editor(s)

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