29 May 2013 Bioinspired polarization navigation sensor for autonomous munitions systems
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Abstract
Small unmanned aerial vehicles UAVs (SUAVs), micro air vehicles (MAVs), Automated Target Recognition (ATR), and munitions guidance, require extreme operational agility and robustness which can be partially offset by efficient bioinspired imaging sensor designs capable to provide enhanced guidance, navigation and control capabilities (GNC). Bioinspired-based imaging technology can be proved useful either for long-distance surveillance of targets in a cluttered environment, or at close distances limited by space surroundings and obstructions. The purpose of this study is to explore the phenomenology of image formation by different insect eye architectures, which would directly benefit the areas of defense and security, on the following four distinct areas: a) fabrication of the bioinspired sensor b) optical architecture, c) topology, and d) artificial intelligence. The outcome of this study indicates that bioinspired imaging can impact the areas of defense and security significantly by dedicated designs fitting into different combat scenarios and applications.
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G. C. Giakos, T. Quang, T. Farrahi, A. Deshpande, C. Narayan, S. Shrestha, Y. Li, M. Agarwal, "Bioinspired polarization navigation sensor for autonomous munitions systems", Proc. SPIE 8723, Sensing Technologies for Global Health, Military Medicine, and Environmental Monitoring III, 87231H (29 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2022941; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2022941
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