6 December 2004 Target detection cycle criteria when using the targeting task performance metric
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The US Army RDECOM CERDEC Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate of the US Army (NVESD) has developed a new target acquisition metric to better predict the performance of modern electro-optical imagers. The TTP metric replaces the Johnson criteria. One problem with transitioning to the new model is that the difficulty of searching in a terrain has traditionally been quantified by an "N50." The N50 is the number of Johnson criteria cycles needed for the observer to detect the target half the time, assuming that the observer is not time limited. In order to make use of this empirical data base, a conversion must be found relating Johnson cycles for detection to TTP cycles for detection. This paper describes how that relationship is established. We have found that the relationship between Johnson and TTP is 1:2.7 for the recognition and identification tasks.
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Jonathan G. Hixson, Eddie L. Jacobs, Richard H. Vollmerhausen, "Target detection cycle criteria when using the targeting task performance metric", Proc. SPIE 5612, Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications, (6 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.577830; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.577830
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Targeting Task Performance metric

Target detection

Contrast transfer function

Sensors

Imaging systems

Modulation

Electro optical modeling

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