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Optimal features-in feature-out (FEI-FEO) fusion for decisions in multisensor environments
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Paper Abstract

The study presents a formal methodology to the problem of feature level fusion, that had been previously addressed in the literature mostly in an ad hoc manner on a case by case basis only. The input set of features extracted from multiple sensors (data sources) are optimally fused to derive a synthetic feature so as to enhance the effective discrimination potential among the defined set of decision classes. This `features in - feature out (FEI-FEO)' fusion process, unlike most other fusion schemes reported in the literature, is designed through a formal learning phase in which an optimal mapping from the multi-sensor derived feature space to a single unified feature is developed. This learning, accomplished through a new composite random and deterministic search based optimization tool, defines the transformation for the FEI-FEO process. This transformation is applied to the multi-sensor generated feature sets in the operational phase to derive the fused feature values corresponding to the objects under observation. The corresponding classification decisions are made on the basis of relative closeness of these feature values to the different class mean values in the transformed single dimensional feature space. The new methodology has been implemented in MATLAB which, being a vector/matrix oriented language, is an ideal candidate for solving problems in pattern recognition and learning. The method is applied to well-known data sets available on the web for testing pattern recognition algorithms to assess its effectiveness relative to the traditional classification methods from both conceptual as well as computational view points.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 March 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3376, Sensor Fusion: Architectures, Algorithms, and Applications II, (20 March 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.303679
Show Author Affiliations
Sheela V. Belur, Computer Sciences Corp. (United States)
Belur V. Dasarathy, Dynetics, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3376:
Sensor Fusion: Architectures, Algorithms, and Applications II
Belur V. Dasarathy, Editor(s)

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