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Experimental results from fusion of binary correlation filters implemented on an optical correlator
Author(s): Jan R. Johansson; David G. Rabelius
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Paper Abstract

Over the years many correlation filter designs for automatic target recognition have been proposed. Some designs offer high tolerance to different types of noise and clutter with the disadvantage of not so sharp correlation peaks. Other designs give sharp correlation peaks but low tolerance to disturbances. A fusion of different types of filters where the weaknesses of each design can be avoided and the strengths preserved has earlier been proposed. We have used an optical correlator with binary SLM:s. Because of this, the complex gray-scale correlation filters are binarized. The input image is edge enhanced and binarized before entering the system. By using different binarizations, the filters produce different false alarm-peaks, but equivalent correlation peaks in the correlation plane. Optical correlation is performed with the filters and the results are fused giving the resulting correlation image. Fusion of the results leads to suppression of false alarms, and enhancement of the true correlation peaks. Tests have been performed on both high and low contrast cluttered images with good results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 March 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3386, Optical Pattern Recognition IX, (23 March 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.304757
Show Author Affiliations
Jan R. Johansson, Saab Dynamics AB (Sweden)
David G. Rabelius, Saab Dynamics AB (Sweden)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3386:
Optical Pattern Recognition IX
David P. Casasent; Tien-Hsin Chao, Editor(s)

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