Automatic Target Detection in UAV Imagery Using Image Formation Conditions

Huibao Lin, Jennie Si, Glen P. Abousleman

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Abstract

This paper presents an automatic target detection (ATD) system for use with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) imagery. Extracting reliable features under all conditions from a 2-D projection of a target in UAV imagery is a difficult problem. However, since the target size information is usually invariant to the image formation process, we propose an algorithm for automatically estimating the size of a 3-D target by using its 2-D projection. The size information in turn becomes an important feature to be used in a knowledge-driven, multi-resolution-based algorithm for automatically detecting targets in UAV imagery. Experimental results show that our proposed ATD algorithm provides outstanding detection performance, while significantly reducing the false alarm rate and the computational complexity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsF.A. Sadjadi
Pages136-147
Number of pages12
Volume5094
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003
EventPROCEEDINGS OF SPIE SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering: Automatic Target Recognition XIII - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Apr 22 2003Apr 24 2003

Other

OtherPROCEEDINGS OF SPIE SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering: Automatic Target Recognition XIII
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period4/22/034/24/03

Keywords

  • Automatic target detection
  • Multi-scale image processing
  • Region-of-interest
  • Target size estimation
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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    Lin, H., Si, J., & Abousleman, G. P. (2003). Automatic Target Detection in UAV Imagery Using Image Formation Conditions. In F. A. Sadjadi (Ed.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 5094, pp. 136-147) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.487578