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Sensor fusion approaches for EMI and GPR-based subsurface threat identification
Author(s): Peter Torrione; Kenneth Morton Jr.; Lance E. Besaw
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Paper Abstract

Despite advances in both electromagnetic induction (EMI) and ground penetrating radar (GPR) sensing and related signal processing, neither sensor alone provides a perfect tool for detecting the myriad of possible buried objects that threaten the lives of Soldiers and civilians. However, while neither GPR nor EMI sensing alone can provide optimal detection across all target types, the two approaches are highly complementary. As a result, many landmine systems seek to make use of both sensing modalities simultaneously and fuse the results from both sensors to improve detection performance for targets with widely varying metal content and GPR responses. Despite this, little work has focused on large-scale comparisons of different approaches to sensor fusion and machine learning for combining data from these highly orthogonal phenomenologies. In this work we explore a wide array of pattern recognition techniques for algorithm development and sensor fusion. Results with the ARA Nemesis landmine detection system suggest that nonlinear and non-parametric classification algorithms provide significant performance benefits for single-sensor algorithm development, and that fusion of multiple algorithms can be performed satisfactorily using basic parametric approaches, such as logistic discriminant classification, for the targets under consideration in our data sets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 2011
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8017, Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XVI, 801720 (23 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.884130
Show Author Affiliations
Peter Torrione, New Folder Consulting, LLC (United States)
Kenneth Morton Jr., New Folder Consulting, LLC (United States)
Lance E. Besaw, Applied Research Associates, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8017:
Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XVI
Russell S. Harmon; John H. Holloway Jr.; J. Thomas Broach, Editor(s)

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