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Intelligent fusion processing in BMD applications
Author(s): Claire L. McCullough; Katherine A. Byrd; Charles A. Bjork; Gary W. Grider; Bart Smith; Norman Morris; Belur V. Dasarathy
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Paper Abstract

Intelligent processing techniques are applied to a ballistic missile defense (BMD) application, focused on classifying the objects in a typical threat complex, using fused IR and ladar sensors. These techniques indicate the potential to improve designation robustness against 'off-normal'/unexpected conditions, or when sensor data or classifier performance degrades. A fused sensor discrimination (FuSeD) simulation testbed was assembled for designation experiments, to evaluate test and simulation data, assess intelligent processor and classification algorithms, and evaluate sensor performance. Results were produced for a variety of neural net and other nonlinear classifiers, yielding high designation performance and low false alarm rates. Most classifiers yield a few percent in false alarm rate; rates are further improved when multiple techniques are applied vi a majority based fusion technique. Example signatures, features, classifier descriptions, intelligent controller design, and architecture are included. Work was performed for the discriminating interceptor technology program (DITP).

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 1997
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3067, Sensor Fusion: Architectures, Algorithms, and Applications, (16 June 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.276118
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Claire L. McCullough, U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command (United States)
Katherine A. Byrd, Nichols Research Corp. (United States)
Charles A. Bjork, Nichols Research Corp. (United States)
Gary W. Grider, Nichols Research Corp. (United States)
Bart Smith, Nichols Research Corp. (United States)
Norman Morris, Nichols Research Corp. (United States)
Belur V. Dasarathy, Dynetics, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3067:
Sensor Fusion: Architectures, Algorithms, and Applications
Belur V. Dasarathy, Editor(s)

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