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For a variety of reasons it is desirable to know who or what is located behind a wall from a stand off distance. Radar has been shown to be the most effective sensor for this task. Research so far has primarily focused on image formation. However, imagery obtained from raw backscat- ter data is not easily interpreted. In particular, clutter masks the presence of real objects. At a minimum, we need a tool that would produce an occupancy map of the behind- the-wall scene using machine-assisted interpretation. This work reports on the development of such a tool. Object classes are developed from collected 3D data. The Maha- lanobis distance is the metric that is minimized to assign samples from the volume image to their respective class. Labels along three spatial dimensions are then fused to produce a final label for 3D cells. The final result is the interpreted volume image of behind-the-wall scene occupancy.
Date of Conference: 24-26 March 2008