5 September 1989 Performance Assessment For Airborne Surveillance Systems Incorporating Sensor Fusion
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Impetus to improve airborne surveillance systems derives from two sources: from evolving threats against which there are growing sensor deficiencies; and from evolving technology which offers new approaches or improved implementations for the surveillance problem. Sensor fusion is one such technological opportunity. Proposed surveillance systems, however, must not only satisfy certain technical requirements on fusion performance but must examine many other performance issues as well, ultimately culminating in an estimate of life cycle cost (LCC) to meet a specified mission objective. It is within this context that we propose to discuss sensor fusion. We will discuss in some detail the decomposition of the performance assessment problem and the resultant implications in terms of component modeling and interfaces. This discussion will start at the surveillance requirement stage; then look successively at sensor suite optimization; sensor modeling (both in terms of measurement capability and operational utilization); sensor fusion (employing a multiple hypothesis approach with adaptive resource allocation); surveillance effectiveness evaluation; and finally life cycle costing.
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D. E. Iverson, D. E. Iverson, K. C. Chang, K. C. Chang, C. Y. Chong, C. Y. Chong, } "Performance Assessment For Airborne Surveillance Systems Incorporating Sensor Fusion", Proc. SPIE 1096, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 1989, (5 September 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.960360; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.960360


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