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Information fusion of standoff and other information for biodefense decision support
Author(s): Jerome J. Braun; Austin Hess; Yan Glina; Edward C. Wack; Karianne Bergen; Timothy J. Dasey; Robert M. Mays; John Strawbridge
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Paper Abstract

This paper discusses selected aspects of an MIT Lincoln Laboratory effort developing information fusion techniques for biodefense decision-support tasks, involving biological standoff (lidar - light detection and ranging) sensors, meteorology, as well as point sensors and potentially other battlespace sensing and contextual information. The Spatiotemporal Coherence (STC) fusion approach developed in this effort combines phenomenology aspects with approximate uncertainty measures to quantify corroboration between the information elements. The results indicate that STC can significantly reduce false alarm rates. Meandering Plume and Background Simulation is one of two techniques developed for ground-truth data generation. Beyond the detection realm, developed techniques include information-fusion based plume mapping and propagation prediction.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 September 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7665, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing XI, 76650C (2 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.852817
Show Author Affiliations
Jerome J. Braun, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Austin Hess, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Yan Glina, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Edward C. Wack, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Karianne Bergen, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Timothy J. Dasey, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Robert M. Mays, JBSDS, Joint Product Manager, Biological Detection Systems (United States)
John Strawbridge, JBSDS, Joint Product Manager, Biological Detection Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7665:
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing XI
Augustus Way Fountain III; Patrick J. Gardner, Editor(s)

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