Feature-based detection of landmines in infrared images

WACM Messelink, K Schutte, AM Vossepoel, F Cremer, JGM Schavemaker, E den Breejen

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    High detection performance is required for an operational system for the detection of landmines. Humanitarian de-mining scenarios, combined with inherent difficulties of detecting landmines on an operational (vibration, motion, atmosphere) as well as a scenario level (clutter, soil type, terrain), result in high levels of false alarms for most sensors. To distinguish a landmine from background clutter one or more discriminating object features have to be found. The research described here focuses on finding and evaluating one or more features to distinguish disk-shaped landmines from background clutter in infrared images. These images were taken under controlled conditions, with homogenous soil types. Two methods are considered to acquire shape-based features in the infrared imagery. The first method uses a variation of the Hough transformation to find circular shaped objects. The second method uses the tophat filter with a disk-shaped structuring element. Furthermore, Mahalanobis and Fisher based classifiers are used to combine these features.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Title of host publicationDetection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VII, Proceedings
    EditorsJT Broach, RS Harmon, GJ Dobeck
    Place of PublicationBellingham, WA, USA
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Print)0-8194-4492-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2002
    EventDetection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VII (Orlando, FL, USA) - Bellingham, WA, USA
    Duration: 1 Apr 20025 Apr 2002

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of SPIE- International Society for Optical Engineering
    ISSN (Print)0277-786X


    ConferenceDetection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VII (Orlando, FL, USA)


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