Atmospheric turbulence degrades focal-plane-array (FPA) camera images because of intensity fluctuation, distortion, and blur, notably for long-range applications. Compressive sensing (CS) imaging techniques use series of measurements whose temporal and spatial characteristics differ from those of conventional FPA systems. The paper discusses how turbulence affects the SWIR image quality using both CS techniques and a conventional InGaAs FPA camera.
ECOMOS is a multinational effort within the framework of an EDA Project Arrangement. Its aim is to provide a generally accepted and harmonized European computer model for computing nominal Target Acquisition (TA) ranges of optronic imagers operating in the Visible or thermal Infrared (IR). The project involves close co-operation of defense and security industry and public research institutes from five nations: France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Sweden. ECOMOS will use and combine existing European tools, to build up a strong competitive position. In Europe, there are two well-accepted approaches for providing TA performance data: the German TRM (Thermal Range Model) model and the Netherlands TOD (Triangle Orientation Discrimination) method. ECOMOS will include both approaches. The TRM model predicts TA performance analytically, whereas the TOD prediction model utilizes the TOD test method, imaging simulation and a Human Visual System model in order to assess device performance. For the characterization of atmosphere and environment, ECOMOS uses the French model and software MATISSE (Modélisation Avancée de la Terre pour l'Imagerie et la Simulation des Scènes et de leur Environnement). The first software implementation of ECOMOS has been finalized in spring 2019. In this presentation, the key features implemented in the current version are elucidated. In addition, the final ECOMOS software structure as well as an overview of the user guidance within ECOMOS are shown.
Compressive sensing (CS) is an imaging method that enables the replacement of expensive matrix detectors by small and cheap detectors with one or a few detector elements. A high-resolution image is realized from a series of individual single-value measurements. Each measurement consists of capturing the image from an object or a scene after coding by a well-defined pattern. The reconstruction of the high-resolution image requires a number of measurements significantly smaller than the number of full-frame image pixels. This is because most natural images may be sparsely coded, i.e. we may find an appropriate basis for which most coefficients are close to zero. This paper reports CS experiments under pulse laser illumination at 1.55 μm. The light collected from the observed scene is spatially modulated using a digital micromirror device (DMD) and projected onto a single-pixel detector. The applied binary patterns are generated using a Hadamard matrix. Different approaches for pattern selection have been implemented and compared.
Based on previous work on thermal imager performance analysis at Fraunhofer IOSB using specific scenes and patterns, we present our advances in setting up a testbed for thermal imager characterization with a MIRAGE™ XL infrared scene projector.<p> </p> In the first part, we outline the experimental setup of our testbed. It allows for mimicking infrared imaging of real scenes in a controlled laboratory environment. We describe the process of dynamic infrared scene generation as well as the physical limitations of our scene projection setup.<p> </p> A second part discusses ongoing and future applications. This testbed extends our standard lab measurements for thermal imagers by a image based performance analysis method. Scene based methods are necessary to investigate and assess advanced digital signal processing (ADSP) algorithms which are becoming an integral part of thermal imagers. We use this testbed to look into inferences of unknown proprietary ADSP algorithms by choosing suitable test scenes.<p> </p> Furthermore, we investigate the influence of dazzling on thermal imagers by coupling infrared laser radiation into the projected scene. The studies allow to evaluate the potential and hazards of infrared dazzling and to describe correlated effects. In a future step, we want to transfer our knowledge of VIS/NIR laser protection into the infrared regime.
ECOMOS is a multinational effort within the framework of an EDA Project Arrangement. Its aim is to provide a generally accepted and harmonized European computer model for computing nominal Target Acquisition (TA) ranges of optronic imagers operating in the Visible or thermal Infrared (IR). The project involves close co-operation of defense and security industry and public research institutes from France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Sweden. ECOMOS uses two approaches to calculate Target Acquisition (TA) ranges, the analytical TRM4 model and the image-based Triangle Orientation Discrimination model (TOD).
In this paper the IR imager simulation tool, Optronic System Imaging Simulator (OSIS), is presented. It produces virtual camera imagery required by the TOD approach. Pristine imagery is degraded by various effects caused by atmospheric attenuation, optics, detector footprint, sampling, fixed pattern noise, temporal noise and digital signal processing. Resulting images might be presented to observers or could be further processed for automatic image quality calculations.
For convenience OSIS incorporates camera descriptions and intermediate results provided by TRM4. For input OSIS uses pristine imagery tied with meta information about scene content, its physical dimensions, and gray level interpretation. These images represent planar targets placed at specified distances to the imager.
Furthermore, OSIS is extended by a plugin functionality that enables integration of advanced digital signal processing techniques in ECOMOS such as compression, local contrast enhancement, digital turbulence mitiga- tion, to name but a few. By means of this image-based approach image degradations and image enhancements can be investigated, which goes beyond the scope of the analytical TRM4 model.
In this paper we introduce a software tool for image based computer simulation of an underwater gated viewing system. This development is helpful as a tool for the discussion of a possible engagement of a gated viewing camera for underwater imagery. We show the modular structure of implemented input parameter sets for camera, laser and environment description and application examples of the software tool. The whole simulation includes the scene illumination through a laser pulse with its energy pulse form and length as well as the propagation of the light through the open water taking into account complex optical properties of the environment. The scene is modeled as a geometric shape with diverse reflective areas and optical surface properties submerged in the open water. The software is based on a camera model including image degradation due to diffraction, lens transmission, detector efficiency and image enhancement by digital signal processing. We will show simulation results on some example configurations. Finally we will discuss the limits of our method and give an outlook to future development.
A few image quality metrics for blur assessment have been presented in the last years. However, most of those metrics do not take image noise into account. Yet, image noise is an unavoidable part of the image forming process with digital cameras. Some thermal imagers show larger sensor noise and inhomogeneity compared to cameras operating in the visible range. Further, natural imagery might contain a combination of several degradations. Assessment of degraded images by observer trials is expensive and time consuming. A single robust quality metric might be derived by metrics highly responsive to single degradations and insensitive to others. Hence separate assessment of image blur and noise seems to be reasonable. In this paper we present a deep learning approach for noise-insensitive blur predictions by using Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) on image patches. In contrast to current blur metrics the model output is highly correlated to blur distortion over a wide range of image noise. The model is trained on images of ImageNet database impaired by Gaussian blur and noise and tested on artificial and natural image data. Local blur estimation based on patches is especially useful for estimation of non-uniform blur due to motion and atmospheric turbulence.
Due to advances in technology, modern thermal imagers resemble sophisticated image processing systems in functionality. Advanced signal and image processing tools enclosed into the camera body extend the basic image capturing capability of thermal cameras. This happens in order to enhance the display presentation of the captured scene or specific scene details. Usually, the implemented methods are proprietary company expertise, distributed without extensive documentation. This makes the comparison of thermal imagers especially from different companies a difficult task (or at least a very time consuming/expensive task - e.g. requiring the execution of a field trial and/or an observer trial). For example, a thermal camera equipped with turbulence mitigation capability stands for such a closed system. The Fraunhofer IOSB has started to build up a system for testing thermal imagers by image based methods in the lab environment. This will extend our capability of measuring the classical IR-system parameters (e.g. MTF, MTDP, etc.) in the lab. The system is set up around the IR- scene projector, which is necessary for the thermal display (projection) of an image sequence for the IR-camera under test. The same set of thermal test sequences might be presented to every unit under test. For turbulence mitigation tests, this could be e.g. the same turbulence sequence. During system tests, gradual variation of input parameters (e. g. thermal contrast) can be applied. First ideas of test scenes selection and how to assembly an imaging suite (a set of image sequences) for the analysis of imaging thermal systems containing such black boxes in the image forming path is discussed.
The development of camera technology in recent years has made high speed imaging a reliable method in vibration and dynamic measurements. The passive recovery of vibration information from high speed video recordings was reported in several recent papers. A highly developed technique, involving decomposition of the input video into spatial subframes to compute local motion signals, allowed an accurate sound reconstruction. A simpler technique based on image matching for vibration measurement was also reported as efficient in extracting audio information from a silent high speed video. In this paper we investigate and discuss the sensitivity and the limitations of the high speed imaging technique for vibration detection in comparison to the well-established Doppler vibrometry technique. Experiments on the extension of the high speed imaging method to longer range applications are presented.