12 April 2002 Automatic target detection in GPR data
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Proceedings Volume 4758, Ninth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar; (2002) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.462232
Event: Ninth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR2002), 2002, Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Automatic detection and characterization of the signatures of solid reflecting targets in ground-penetrating radar data is achieved by a combination of signal and image processing stages. For the class of target under consideration, namely localized or extended linear reflecting targets such as landmines, pipes or cables, the reflections exhibit a broad hyperbolic anomaly in the region of the target. Detection and characterization of these distinctive signatures yields information about the location of the targets as well as the surrounding medium. Edge enhancement and edge processing techniques are developed to trace the envelope of the reflected wavefronts. By fitting hyperbolae to these detected edges, the location of the targets and the relative permittivity of the medium are estimated. This estimate enables the effective elimination of the background clutter that leads to spurious non-hyperbolic reflections. Thus automatic target detection and mapping is achieved without the heavy computational demands of techniques such as synthetic aperture radar processing, enabling on-site data interpretation.
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Waleed Al-Nuaimy, Waleed Al-Nuaimy, Yi Huang, Yi Huang, S. Shihab, S. Shihab, Asger Eriksen, Asger Eriksen, } "Automatic target detection in GPR data", Proc. SPIE 4758, Ninth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, (12 April 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.462232; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.462232

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