At the Microwaves and Radar Institute of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) the development of methods to implement a robust overall processing workflow for automatic target recognition (ATR) out of high resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) image data is under progress. The heart of the general approach is to use time series exploitation for the former detection step and simulation-based signature matching for the subsequent recognition. This paper will show the overall ATR chain as a proof of concept for the special case of airplane recognition on image data from the space borne SAR sensor TerraSAR-X.
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H. Anglberger, T. Kempf, "A simulation-based approach towards automatic target recognition of high resolution space borne radar signatures," Proc. SPIE 10004, Image and Signal Processing for Remote Sensing XXII, 1000413 (18 October 2016);