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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 20 — Jul. 10, 2007
  • pp: 4209–4221

Modeling target acquisition tasks associated with security and surveillance

Richard Vollmerhausen and Aaron L. Robinson  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 20, pp. 4209-4221 (2007)

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Military sensor applications include tasks such as the surveillance of activity and searching for roadside explosives. These tasks involve identifying and tracking specific objects in a cluttered scene. Unfortunately, the probability of accomplishing these tasks is not predicted by the traditional detect, recognize, and identify (DRI) target acquisition models. The reason why many security and surveillance tasks are functionally different from the traditional DRI tasks is described. Experiments using characters and simple shapes illustrate the problem with using the DRI model to predict the probability of identifying individual objects. The current DRI model is extended to predict specific object identification by including the frequency spectrum content of target contrast. The predictions of the new model match experimental data.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.2960) Imaging systems : Image analysis
(110.2970) Imaging systems : Image detection systems
(110.2990) Imaging systems : Image formation theory
(110.3000) Imaging systems : Image quality assessment
(110.6820) Imaging systems : Thermal imaging

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: November 29, 2006
Revised Manuscript: February 20, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: February 26, 2007
Published: June 20, 2007

Richard Vollmerhausen and Aaron L. Robinson, "Modeling target acquisition tasks associated with security and surveillance," Appl. Opt. 46, 4209-4221 (2007)

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