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31 May 1996 Neural network fusion capabilities for efficient implementation of tracking algorithms
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The ability to efficiently fuse information of different forms for facilitating intelligent decision-making is one of the major capabilities of trained multilayer neural networks that is being recognized int eh recent times. While development of innovative adaptive control algorithms for nonlinear dynamical plants which attempt to exploit these capabilities seems to be more popular, a corresponding development of nonlinear estimation algorithms using these approaches, particularly for application in target surveillance and guidance operations, has not received similar attention. In this paper we describe the capabilities and functionality of neural network algorithms for data fusion and implementation of nonlinear tracking filters. For a discussion of details and for serving as a vehicle for quantitative performance evaluations, the illustrative case of estimating the position and velocity of surveillance targets is considered. Efficient target tracking algorithms that can utilize data from a host of sensing modalities and are capable of reliably tracking even uncooperative targets executing fast and complex maneuvers are of interest in a number of applications. The primary motivation for employing neural networks in these applications comes form the efficiency with which more features extracted from different sensor measurements can be utilized as inputs for estimating target maneuvers. Such an approach results in an overall nonlinear tracking filter which has several advantages over the popular efforts at designing nonlinear estimation algorithms for tracking applications, the principle one being the reduction of mathematical and computational complexities. A system architecture that efficiently integrates the processing capabilities of a trained multilayer neural net with the tracking performance of a Kalman filter is described in this paper.
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Malur K. Sundareshan and Farid Amoozegar "Neural network fusion capabilities for efficient implementation of tracking algorithms", Proc. SPIE 2759, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 1996, (31 May 1996);

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