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Helmet-mounted sensor fusion ATR for the dismounted soldier
Author(s): Pankaj N. Topiwala; David Casasent
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Paper Abstract

Computer vision capabilities have long been available to advanced sensor systems such as those on aircraft, UAVs, helicopters, and ground scout vehicles; but to date, they have not been available to the dismounted soldier. This is understandable since the size/weight/cost metrics of carrying sensors and the image processing, interaction, and display capabilities, not to mention the power supply, have been prohibitive. But recent advances in uncooled IR sensors (up to QVGA), coupled with the steady advances in EO sensors (VGA+) and in microelectronics, are now making the prospect of computer vision for the foot soldier feasible for the first time. In this paper, we develop our initial approaches to all aspects of this problem: (a) sensor system integration, (b) image processing algorithms and initial hardware vision, and (c) display and interaction. As a prototype compute/display platform, we do initial development based on a lightweight commercial wearable computer and helmet-mounted display.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5442, Helmet- and Head-Mounted Displays IX: Technologies and Applications, (8 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.542544
Show Author Affiliations
Pankaj N. Topiwala, FastVDO LLC (United States)
David Casasent, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5442:
Helmet- and Head-Mounted Displays IX: Technologies and Applications
Clarence E. Rash; Colin E. Reese, Editor(s)

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