23 June 1997 VIGILANTE: an advanced sensing/processing testbed for ATR applications
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VIGILANTE consists of two major components: (1) the viewing image/gimballed instrumentation laboratory (VIGIL) -- advanced infrared, visible, and ultraviolet sensors with appropriate optics and camera electronics; (2) the analog neural three- dimensional processing experiment (ANTE) -- a massively parallel, neural network-based, high-speed processor. The powerful combination of VIGIL and ANTE will provide real-time target recognition/tracking capability suitable for ballistic missile defense organization (BMDO) applications as well as a host of other civil and military uses. In this paper, we describe VIGILANTE and its application to typical automatic target recognition (ATR) applications (e.g., aircraft/missile detection, classification, and tracking), this includes a discussion of the VIGILANTE architecture with its unusual blend of experimental 3D electronic circuitry, custom design and commercial parallel processing components, as well as VIGILANTE's ability to handle a wide variety of algorithms which make extensive use of convolutions and neural networks. Our paper also presents examples and numerical results.
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Suraphol Udomkesmalee, Suraphol Udomkesmalee, Anilkumar P. Thakoor, Anilkumar P. Thakoor, Curtis W. Padgett, Curtis W. Padgett, Taher Daud, Taher Daud, Wai-Chi Fang, Wai-Chi Fang, Steven C. Suddarth, Steven C. Suddarth, } "VIGILANTE: an advanced sensing/processing testbed for ATR applications", Proc. SPIE 3069, Automatic Target Recognition VII, (23 June 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.277145; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.277145


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