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Imagery analysis and the need for standards
Author(s): Barbara G. Grant
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Paper Abstract

While efforts within the optics community focus on the development of high-quality systems and data products, comparatively little attention is paid to their use. Our standards for verification and validation are high; but in some user domains, standards are either lax or do not exist at all. In forensic imagery analysis, for example, standards exist to judge image quality, but do not exist to judge the quality of an analysis. In litigation, a high quality analysis is by default the one performed by the victorious attorney’s expert. This paper argues for the need to extend quality standards into the domain of imagery analysis, which is expected to increase in national visibility and significance with the increasing deployment of unmanned aerial vehicle—UAV, or “drone”—sensors in the continental U. S.. It argues that like a good radiometric calibration, made as independent of the calibrated instrument as possible, a good analysis should be subject to standards the most basic of which is the separation of issues of scientific fact from analysis results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 2014
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9195, Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification VIII, 91950B (8 September 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2064831
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Barbara G. Grant, Lines and Lights Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9195:
Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification VIII
José Sasián; Richard N. Youngworth, Editor(s)

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