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Aided and automatic target recognition based upon sensory inputs from image forming systems

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4 Author(s)
J. A. Ratches ; U.S. Army Commun., Night Vision & Electron. Sensor Directorate, Ft. Belvoir, VA, USA ; C. P. Walters ; R. G. Buser ; B. D. Guenther

This paper systematically reviews 10 years of research that several Army Laboratories conducted in object recognition algorithms, processors, and evaluation techniques. In the military, object recognition is applied to the discrimination of military targets, ranging from human-aided to autonomous operations, and is called automatic target recognition (ATR). The research described here has been concentrated in human-aided target recognition applications, but some attention has been paid to automatic processes. Definitions and performance metrics that have been developed are described along with performance data showing the present state-of-the-art. The effects of signal-to-noise and clutter parameters are indicated in the data. Multisensor fusion and model-based algorithms are discussed as the latest techniques under consideration by the military research community. The results demonstrate that useful performance can be achieved, and tools are evolving to understand and improve the performance under real-world conditions. The referenced research strongly indicates the need for the development of image science, as described in the paper, to support the theoretical underpinnings of ATR

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IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence  (Volume:19 ,  Issue: 9 )