Model-based SAR ATR System

Katsushi Ikeuchi, M.D. Wheeler, Taku Yamazaki, and Takeshi Shakunaga
Proceedings of the 1996 ARPA Image Understanding Workshop, March, 1996, pp. 1263 - 1276.


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Abstract
Recognizing a target in synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) images is an important, yet challenging, application of the model-based vision technique. This paper describes a model-based SAR recognition system based on invariant histograms and deformable template matching techniques. An invariant histogram is a histogram of invariant values defined by geometric features such as points and lines in SAR images. Although a few invariances are sufficient to recognize a target, we build a histogram of all invariant values given by all possible target feature pairs. This redundant histogram enables robust recognition under severe occlusions typical in SAR recognition scenarios. Multi-step deformable template matching examines the existence of an object by superimposing templates over potential energy field generated from images or primitive features. It determines the template configuration which has the minimum deformation (deformation energy) and the best alignment of the template with features (potential energy). The deformability of the template absorbs the instability of SAR features. We have implemented the system and evaluated the system performance using hybrid SAR images, generated from synthesized model signatures and real SAR background signatures.

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Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Vision and Autonomous Systems Center

Text Reference
Katsushi Ikeuchi, M.D. Wheeler, Taku Yamazaki, and Takeshi Shakunaga, "Model-based SAR ATR System," Proceedings of the 1996 ARPA Image Understanding Workshop, March, 1996, pp. 1263 - 1276.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Ikeuchi_1996_4225,
   author = "Katsushi Ikeuchi and M.D. Wheeler and Taku Yamazaki and Takeshi Shakunaga",
   title = "Model-based SAR ATR System",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of the 1996 ARPA Image Understanding Workshop",
   pages = "1263 - 1276",
   month = "March",
   year = "1996",
   volume = "II",
}