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Intelligent Tracking Techniques
Author(s): Thomas J. Willett; Benjamin Reischer
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Paper Abstract

Under contract to the Army's Night Vision and Electro-Optics Laboratory, Westinghouse has been investigating the design, test, and implementation of a set of algorithms to perform intelligent target tracking and intelligent target homing on FLIR and TV imagery. The intelligent tracker will monitor the entire field of view, detect and classify targets, perform multiple target tracking and predict changes in target signature prior to the target's entry into an obscuration. The intelligent tracking and homing system will also perform target prioritization and critical aimpoint selection. A system concept was developed, several frame-to-frame tracker designs are compared, and several example scenarios from work performed on the NV&EOL base are analyzed. One scenario involves the reacquisition of a partially obscured target under substantially changed conditions which preclude the use of standard change detection techniques. This type of analysis, in conjunction with an analysis of the intelligent tracker functions, and an analysis of AAH, RPV, and PGM scenarios containing an intelligent tracker served as a basis for the system concept.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 1980
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0219, Electro-Optical Technology for Autonomous Vehicles, (24 April 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.958572
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas J. Willett, Westinghouse Electric Corporation (United States)
Benjamin Reischer, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electro-Optics Laboratory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0219:
Electro-Optical Technology for Autonomous Vehicles
Ronald N. Hubbard, Editor(s)

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