Possibilistic context identification for SAS imagery


This paper proposes a possibilistic context identification approach for synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) imagery. SAS seabed imagery can display a variety of textures that can be used to identify seabed types such as sea grass, sand ripple and hard-packed sand, etc. Target objects in SAS imagery often have varying characteristics and features due to changing environmental context. Therefore, methods that can identify the seabed environment can be used to assist in target classification and detection in an environmentally adaptive or context-dependent approach. In this paper, a possibilistic context identification approach is used to identify the seabed contexts. Alternative methods, such as crisp, fuzzy or probabilistic methods, would force one type of context on every sample in the imagery, ignoring the possibility that the test imagery may include an environmental context that has not yet appeared in the training process. The proposed possibilistic approach has an advantage in that it can both identify known contexts as well as identify when an unknown context has been encountered. Experiments are conducted on a collection of SAS imagery that display a variety of environmental features.



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Xiaoxiao Du; Alina Zare; J. Tory Cobb;, “Possibilistic context identification for SAS imagery,”┬áProc. SPIE 9454, Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XX, 94541I (May 21, 2015).


author={Xiaoxiao Du and Alina Zare and J. Tory Cobb},
journal={Proc. SPIE 9454, Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XX},
title={Possibilistic context identification for SAS imagery},
year={2015}, month={May},

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