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Title: Buried-object-detection improvements incorporating environmental phenomenology into signature physics
Authors: Clausen, Jay L.
Truong, Vuong H.
Bragdon, Sophia N.
Frankenstein, Susan
Wagner, Anna M.
Affleck, Rosa T.
Williams, Christopher R.
Keywords: Climate
Infrared detectors
Machine learning
Military surveillance
Publisher: Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Report (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC/CRREL TR-22-19
Abstract: The ability to detect buried objects is critical for the Army. Therefore, this report summarizes the fourth year of an ongoing study to assess environmental phenomenological conditions affecting probability of detection and false alarm rates for buried-object detection using thermal infrared sensors. This study used several different approaches to identify the predominant environmental variables affecting object detection: (1) multilevel statistical modeling, (2) direct image analysis, (3) physics-based thermal modeling, and (4) application of machine learning (ML) techniques. In addition, this study developed an approach using a Canny edge methodology to identify regions of interest potentially harboring a target object. Finally, an ML method was developed to improve automatic target detection and recognition performance by accounting for environmental phenomenological conditions, improving performance by 50% over standard automatic target detection and recognition software.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/CRREL TR-22-19
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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