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3D laser sensing at FOI: overview and a system perspective
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This paper wil give an overview of 3D laser sensing and related activities at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) in the view of system needs and applications. Our activites include data collection of laser signatures for target and backgrounds at various wavelengths. We will give examples of such measurements. The results are used in building sythetic environments, modellin of laser radar systems and as training sets for development of algorithms for target recognition and weapon applications. Present work on rapid environment assessment includes the use of data from airborne laser for terrain mapping and depth sounding. Methods for automatic target detection and object classification (buildings, trees, man-made objects etc.) have been developed together with techniques for visualisation. This will be described in more detail in a separate paper. The ability to find and correctly identify "difficult" targets, being either at very long ranges, hidden in the vegetation, behind windows or under camouflage, is one of the top priorities for any military force. Example of such work will be given using range gated imagery and 3D scanning laser radars. Different kinds of signal processing approaches have been studied and will be presented more in two separate papers. We have also developed modeling tools for both 2D and 3D laser imaging. Finally we will discuss the use of 3D laser radars in some system applications in the light of new component technology, processing needs and sensor fusion.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2004
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 5412, Laser Radar Technology and Applications IX, (13 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.553808
Show Author Affiliations
Ove K. Steinvall, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
Lena M. Klasen, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
Christina Anna Gronwall, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
Ulf Soderman, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
Simon Ahlberg, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
Asa Persson, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
Magnus Elmqvist, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
Hakan Larsson, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
Dietmar Letalick, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
Pierre Andersson, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
Tomas Carlsson, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
Markus Henriksson, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5412:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications IX
Gary W. Kamerman; Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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