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2 October 2007 Future prospects for algorithm development of tracking related processing
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The state of the art of tracking has matured and consequently, the priorities for improved performance and expanded or new processing capabilities have changed. Future directions in algorithm development in tracking and related data processing are not easy to predict with accuracy. The future priorities of development tasks predicted in this presentation are subjective; that is, simply the author's view. While there will continue to be algorithm development to improve many aspects of tracking, the emphasis is expected to change in favor of expanded and new capabilities. This presentation will address not only those tracking algorithms that will have higher priority for continued algorithm development but also those aspects of tracking related processing that are expected to be of special interest. In addition, to facilitate this discussion, the categories of the state of the art of tracking are more finely decomposed. Many aspects of single sensor, multiple target tracking have matured during the last 20 years but room for improvement remains. In contrast, fusion of data from multiple distributed sensors is not as mature and interest is expected to continue to increase. Many fusion systems pose challenges that are not of much concern in tracking with data from a single sensor and algorithm development of those aspects of fusion will continue to be needed. The capability of the many functions and users of the output of trackers needs to be improved and expanded. Consequently, an increase is expected in the need to improve the content and quality of the output of both the single sensor and fusing trackers. The identified aspects of the new needs in tracker output are discussed and a dialog on this topic is encouraged.
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Oliver E. Drummond "Future prospects for algorithm development of tracking related processing", Proc. SPIE 6699, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 2007, 66990E (2 October 2007);

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