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Development of radiometrically accurate synthetic thermal infrared video for tracking algorithm evaluation
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Paper Abstract

The development and testing of thermal signature tracking algorithms burdens the developer with a method o f testing the algorith m's fidelity. Collected video is normally used for testing tracking algorithms to evaluate performance in a variety of configurations. Acquiring suitable volumes of collected video data in multiple configurations can be prohibitive. As an alternative to collected video, the development of accurate synthetic thermal infrared vehicle models are incorporated into background infrared scenes generated using the Digital Image and Remote Sensing Image Generat ion (DIRSIG) software package. Additional software models for thermally emissive targets and motion are being implemented. The goals are to accurately incorporate thermal signatures of moving targets into realistic radiomet rically calibrated scenes. This aids in evaluating tracking algorithms using both visible and thermal infrared signatures for improved day and night detection capability. The software packages are integrated together to produce synthetic video.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8403, Modeling and Simulation for Defense Systems and Applications VII, 840306 (4 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.919296
Show Author Affiliations
David B. Rhodes, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)
Zoran Ninkov, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)
J. Daniel Newman, ITT Exelis Geospatial Systems (United States)
Paul P. K. Lee, ITT Exelis Geospatial Systems (United States)
Gregory J. Gosian, ITT Exelis Geospatial Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8403:
Modeling and Simulation for Defense Systems and Applications VII
Eric J. Kelmelis, Editor(s)

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