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Threat mediation via a real-time stereoscopic catadioptric omnivision system
Author(s): Sookwang Ro; Shean T. McMahon; Gary S. Brown; Raghunath K. Rao; Eddy Tsui
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Paper Abstract

The authors have invented and are developing a new Real-Time Stereoscopic Catadioptric Omni-Detection (RSCO) system based on a high-resolution stereoscopic vision system, an acoustic array with high-fidelity/sensitivity, real-time image processing hardware based on evolutionary stream processing hardware architecture based on the processors (SPs) with unprecedented digital signal processing (DSP) performance, and proprietary unwrapping and operating software. The RSCO development involves optimizing (1) the omnidirectional multimodal (visible/MWIR) sensor system configuration and mechanical hardening to survive harsh conditions and to minimize maintenance; (2) a video/image ultrahigh-performance SPs, (3) an acoustic array with high-performance DSP technology; and (4) real-time unwrapping and operating software. SPs form a new class of image processors scalable to teraOPS, with efficiency comparable to ASICs, and completely programmable in high-level languages. SPs innovatively combine a new programming model, tool automation, and hardware to exploit the high data parallelism and processing locality that are inherent in a wide range of applications, especially media processing. The excellent performance, efficiency, and programmability of SPs make them ideal for implementation of the RSCO system, with its unprecedented omnidirectional, multiple-modality sensors, range, accuracy, size, and robustness.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6231, Unattended Ground, Sea, and Air Sensor Technologies and Applications VIII, 62310E (2 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.668500
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Sookwang Ro, Physical Optics Corp. (United States)
Shean T. McMahon, Physical Optics Corp. (United States)
Gary S. Brown, Stream Processors, Inc. (United States)
Raghunath K. Rao, Stream Processors, Inc. (United States)
Eddy Tsui, U.S. Army, REDCOM-ARDEC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6231:
Unattended Ground, Sea, and Air Sensor Technologies and Applications VIII
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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