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Intelligent Tracking Techniques - A Progress Report
Author(s): Thomas J. Willett; Peter K. Raimondi
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Paper Abstract

Under contract to the Army's Night Vision and Electro-Optics Laboratory, Westinghouse has been investigating the design, test, and implementation of a set of algorithms to perform intelligent target tracking and intelligent target homing on FLIR and TV imagery. The focus is a system of algorithms which can quantitively identify a target and its present background, but can acknowledge the approach of a new background in the target's path, characterize this new region, and intelligently predict the target's signature before it enters a new domain. The operating environment for the system is a high clutter background associated with ground targets. Three types of obscurations are considered: (1) the target enters a background very similar in gray scale to it, (2) the target passes behind an obscuration such that some identifiable portion is always visible, and (3) where the target passes behind a thin screen of obscuration and portions of the target can be seen on each frame but portions vary from frame to frame. The system may be viewed as a target cuer operating in conjunction with a target signature predictor and high speed frame to frame registration. The review describes some of the work performed in the first 6 months of a 19-month program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 August 1979
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0178, Smart Sensors, (20 August 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957266
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas J. Willett, Westinghouse Systems Development Division (United States)
Peter K. Raimondi, Night Vision & Electro-Optics Laboratory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0178:
Smart Sensors
David F. Barbe, Editor(s)

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