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Information exchanged between fusion tracker and other fusion functions
Author(s): Oliver E. Drummond
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Paper Abstract

The state of the art of tracking has matured and consequently, the priorities for improved performance and expanded or new processing capabilities have changed. Future directions in algorithm development in tracking and related data processing are not easy to predict with accuracy. The future priorities of development tasks predicted in this presentation are subjective; that is, simply the author's view. While there will continue to be algorithm development to improve many aspects of tracking, the emphasis is expected to change in favor of expanded or new capabilities. This paper concentrates on the interactions between the fusion tracker and the other fusion functions. Fusion is expected to have higher priority for algorithm development than tracking with single sensor data. The interactions between the fusion tracker and the other fusion functions are expected to be of special interest to achieve advanced fusion performance. To facilitate this discussion, the categories of the state of the art of tracking are expanded beyond the previous paper. Many aspects of single sensor, multiple target tracking have matured during the last 20 years but room for improvement remains. In contrast, fusion of data from multiple distributed sensors is far less mature and interest is expected to continue to increase. Many fusion systems pose challenges that are not of much concern in tracking with data from a single sensor and algorithm development of those aspects of fusion will continue to be needed. The capability of the many functions and users of the output of trackers needs to be improved and expanded. Consequently, an increase is expected in the need to improve in the interactions between the fusion tracker and the other fusion functions. Some of important interactions between the fusion tracker and the other fusion functions of a high performance multiple sensor fusion system are discussed and a dialogue on this topic is encouraged.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2011
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8137, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 2011, 81370W (17 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.897609
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Oliver E. Drummond, CyberRnD, Inc. (United States)
Consulting Engineer (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8137:
Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 2011
Oliver E. Drummond, Editor(s)

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