Abstract. Thermal imaging is a boon to the armed forces namely army, navy and airforce because of its day night working capability and ability to perform well in all weather conditions. Thermal detectors capture the infrared radiation emitted by all objects above absolute zero temperature. The temperature variations of the captured scene are represented as a thermogram. With the advent of infrared detector technology, the bulky cooled thermal detectors having moving parts and demanding cryogenic temperatures have transformed into small and less expensive uncooled microbolometers having no moving parts, thereby making systems more rugged requiring less maintenance. Thermal imaging due to its various advantages has a large number of applications in military and defence. It is popularly used by the army and navy for border surveillance and law enforcement. It is also used in ship collision avoidance and guidance systems. In the aviation industry it has greatly mitigated the risks of flying in low light and night conditions. They are widely used in military aviation to identify, locate and target the enemy forces. Recently, they are also being incorporated in civil aviation for health monitoring of aircrafts.
An efficient target detection algorithm for detecting moving targets in infrared imagery using spatiotemporal information is presented. The output of the spatial processing serves as input to the temporal stage in a layered manner. The spatial information is obtained using joint space-spatial-frequency distribution and Rényi entropy. Temporal information is incorporated using background subtraction. By utilizing both spatial and temporal information, it is observed that the proposed method can achieve both high detection and a low false-alarm rate. The method is validated with experimentally generated data consisting of a variety of moving targets. Experimental results demonstrate a high value of F-measure for the proposed algorithm.
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