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Fuzzy logic approach for the quantitative assessment of camouflage effectiveness in the thermal infrared domain
Author(s): Reinhard Beichel; Georg S. Ruppert; Floris M. Gretzmacher
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Paper Abstract

A key point for good camouflage results in the thermal infrared domain lies in the ability of the camouflage system to adapt to the thermal emission behavior of the surrounding background. In order to obtain reliable assessments of the camouflage effectiveness, evaluation has to take place under various environment condition. The combination of the different results leads to a assessment measure with the demanded reliability. The object quantization of the individual camouflage effectiveness and the following combination is very difficult to achieve by human operators. Therefore an Infrared Camouflage Effectiveness Assessment Tool (ICEAT) has been developed, which needs only minor human interaction and supports the automated combination of the results of various test scenes. In a first step hot spots of the object and the background are detected. In a second phase various features are calculated which are combined to a single assessment measure in the third phase by using fuzzy logic. The fuzzy logic approach has the advantage that the customization of the ICEAT can be achieved by simply modifying the used membership functions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4029, Targets and Backgrounds VI: Characterization, Visualization, and the Detection Process, (24 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.392547
Show Author Affiliations
Reinhard Beichel, Joanneum Research (Austria)
Georg S. Ruppert, Joanneum Research (Austria)
Floris M. Gretzmacher, Austrian Ministry of Defense (Austria)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4029:
Targets and Backgrounds VI: Characterization, Visualization, and the Detection Process
Wendell R. Watkins; Dieter Clement; William R. Reynolds, Editor(s)

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