18 October 2001 Image processing and classification for the UK remote minefield detection system infrared polarimetric camera
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The UK Remote Minefield Detection System (REMIDS) Technology Demonstration Programme (TDP) aims to demonstrate the applicability of emerging technologies in an integrated system for detecting mined areas from an airborne platform. The multi-sensor demonstrator is being managed by DERA on behalf of the UK MoD with an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) as the intended platform. The TDP is nearing the end of a five year programme that has developed a novel ultra wide band synthetic aperture radar (UWB SAR) and a MWIR time-parallel polarimetric IR camera (IRPC). A ground station processor has also been developed to fuse sensor outputs through a variety of detection and identification algorithms. An extensive series of data collection trials and analysis activities has been performed. This paper reports on the development by DERA of the algorithms required both to pre- process raw data from the IRPC into a useable form, and to discriminate mines from a variety of backgrounds. These algorithms are being integrated into ground station processing that will combine data from both sensors to identify mine areas and accurately delineate their boundaries. The top-level process architecture for this ground station, and how the IPRC fits within it, are also described in this paper.
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John W. Williams, John W. Williams, Howard S. Tee, Howard S. Tee, Mark A. Poulter, Mark A. Poulter, } "Image processing and classification for the UK remote minefield detection system infrared polarimetric camera", Proc. SPIE 4394, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VI, (18 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.445466; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.445466
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