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Integration of Modelling and Graphics to Create an Infrared Signal Processing Test Bed
Author(s): H. R. Sethi; J. E. Ralph
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Paper Abstract

The work reported in this paper was carried out as part of a contract with MoD (PE) UK. It considers the problems associated with realistic modelling of a passive infrared system in an operational environment. Ideally all aspects of the system and environment should be integrated into a complete end-to-end simulation but in the past limited computing power has prevented this. Recent developments in workstation technology and the increasing availability of parallel processing techniques makes the end-to-end simulation possible. However the complexity and speed of such simulations means difficulties for the operator in controlling the software and understanding the results. These difficulties can be greatly reduced by providing an extremely user friendly interface and a very flexible, high power, high resolution colour graphics capability. Most system modelling is based on separate software simulation of the individual components of the system itself and its environment. These component models may have their own characteristic inbuilt assumptions and approximations, may be written in the language favoured by the originator and may have a wide variety of input and output conventions and requirements. The models and their limitations need to be matched to the range of conditions appropriate to the operational scenerio. A comprehensive set of data bases needs to be generated by the component models and these data bases must be made readily available to the investigator. Performance measures need to be defined and displayed in some convenient graphics form. Some options are presented for combining available hardware and software to create an environment within which the models can be integrated, and which provide the required man-machine interface, graphics and computing power. The impact of massively parallel processing and artificial intelligence will be discussed. Parallel processing will make real time end-to-end simulation possible and will greatly improve the graphical visualisation of the model output data. Artificial intelligence should help to enhance the man-machine interface.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 March 1989
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1076, Image Understanding and the Man-Machine Interface II, (29 March 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.952695
Show Author Affiliations
H. R. Sethi, MEL (England)
J. E. Ralph, MEL (England)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1076:
Image Understanding and the Man-Machine Interface II
Eamon B. Barrett; James J. Pearson, Editor(s)

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