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Data fusion through fuzzy reasoning applied to segmentation of multisensory images
Author(s): Muhamad Abdulghafour; T. Chandra; Mongi A. Abidi
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Paper Abstract

Multi-sensor systems provide a purposeful description of the environment that a single sensor cannot offer. Fusing several types of data enhances the recognition capability of a robotic system and yields more meaningful information otherwise unavailable or difficult to acquire by a single sensory modality. Because observations provided by sensors are uncertain, incomplete, and/or imprecise, we adopted the use of the theory of fuzzy sets as a general framework to combine uncertain measurements. We developed a fusion formula based on the measure of fuzziness. This fusion formula satisfies several desirable properties. We established a fuzzification scheme by which different types of input data (images) are modeled. This process is essential in providing suitable predictions and explanations of a set of observations in a given environment. After fusion, a defuzzification scheme is carried out to recover crisp data from the combined fuzzy assessments. This approach was implemented and tested with real range and intensity images acquired using an Odetics Range Finder. The goal is to obtain better scene descriptions through a segmentation process of both images. Despite the low resolution of the images and the amount of noise present, the segmented output picture is suitable for recognition purposes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 December 1992
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1766, Neural and Stochastic Methods in Image and Signal Processing, (16 December 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.130843
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Muhamad Abdulghafour, Univ. of Tennessee/Knoxville (United States)
T. Chandra, Univ. of Tennessee/Knoxville (United States)
Mongi A. Abidi, Univ. of Tennessee/Knoxville (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1766:
Neural and Stochastic Methods in Image and Signal Processing
Su-Shing Chen, Editor(s)

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