Faculty Advisor

Clancy, Edward A.

Faculty Advisor

Iannacchione, Germano S.

Center

LLP / Lincoln Labs Program

Abstract

This project provided MIT Lincoln Laboratory Group 108 analysts with a tracker to automate the localization of targets in infrared imagery captured by the Airborne Infrared Imager. The tracker utilizes thresholding-based target identification and exploits two spatio-temporal signal processing techniques to attenuate background clutter. The first, a frame differencing technique, employs Scale-Invariant Feature Transform feature detection, image registration, and temporal differencing to subtract background clutter. The second, a spatial filter, emphasizes point targets and attenuates low frequency clutter. The tracker’s performance was evaluated in terms of the tracker failure rate and error to study the effects of spatio-temporal processing on target tracking.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2014

Major

Physics

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Physics

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