... an informative, in-depth presentation addressing the complexities of this multi-disciplinary field and its expanding role in a modern digital battlespace ...

Numerous DOD initiatives to increase the effectiveness of the Warfighter (FCS, WIN-T), National Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA), and Level 1 and 2 fusion for the E-3 AWACS SENTRY aircraft, to name a few, bring to the forefront technologies supporting ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, Reconnaissance) and sensor and data fusion. Concurrent, rapid advances in sensor technologies covering wide frequency spectra ranging from extremely low frequencies to microwave, millimeter-wave (MMW), sub-MMW, infrared (IR) and visible, provide massive amounts of data, some more valuable than others. Sensor characteristics, processes and algorithms used to determine and select the most valuable data from each sensor, and techniques to fuse these data in real time and in a manner that supplies meaningful and timely information for the Warfighter, are the subjects of this class.

The course presents sensor and data fusion methods that improve the probability of correct target detection, classification, identification, and state estimation. These techniques combine information from collocated or dispersed sensors that utilize either similar or different technologies to generate target signatures or imagery. The effects of the atmosphere and countermeasures on millimeter-wave and infrared sensors are presented to illustrate how the use of different phenomenology-based sensors enhances a data fusion system.

Following the introduction of the JDL data fusion model, several methods for describing sensor and data fusion architectures are presented. Data fusion algorithm taxonomies and a general description of the algorithms and methods used for detection, classification, identification, and state estimation and tracking are discussed next. This is followed by consideration of situation and threat assessment. Subsequent sections of this course more fully develop the classical inference, Bayesian, Dempster-Shafer, voting logic, artificial neural network, and fuzzy logic data fusion algorithms. Radar tracking system design considerations, multiple sensor registration, track initiation in clutter, Kalman filtering, interacting multiple models, and data fusion maturity as it affects real-time tracking complete the topics treated in the course.

Specific examples are offered to demonstrate the advantages of multi-sensor data fusion in systems that use microwave and millimeter-wave detection and tracking radars, laser radars (imagery and range data), and forward-looking IR sensors (imagery data). Many of the data fusion techniques also apply when it is desired to combine information from almost any grouping of sensors, as long as they can supply the input data required by the fusion algorithm.

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Many ongoing DoD efforts that focus on discerning better intelligence in real time employ a wide array of advanced sensors and elaborate data fusion techniques. This course presents underlying concepts, technology and selected applications, rendering it invaluable to system architects, engineers, scientists, managers, designers, military operations personnel, and other users of multi-sensor data fusion for target detection, classification, identification, and tracking. This course is also beneficial to those who select appropriate sensors for specific applications and missions; to those who apply data fusion techniques to advanced dynamic systems, such as classification of airborne targets, ground-based targets, and underwater targets; and to developers and users of real-time algorithms for intelligent machine development and multiple sensor technologies for non-cooperative target recognition. There are no specific prerequisites for this course, however, a general background in electrical engineering, mathematics, or statistics is recommended for a better understanding of the concepts presented.

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Sensor and Data Fusion: A Tool for Information Assessment and Decision Making, Second Edition, Lawrence A. Klein (SPIE, PM222, 2012).

About the Instructor

Dr. Lawrence A. Klein is a consultant specializing in the development of multiple sensor concepts for tactical and reconnaissance military applications, millimeter-wave and infrared sensors for homeland defense, and sensor and data fusion concepts for intelligent transportation systems. While at Hughes Aircraft, he developed missile deployment strategies and sensors used in missile guidance. As a systems manager at Aerojet ElectroSystems, he was responsible for the conceptual design and execution of programs that integrated active and passive millimeter-wave and infrared multispectral sensors in satellites and smart "fire-and-forget" weapons. He was the program manager of three Manufacturing Methods and Techniques projects that lowered the cost of millimeter-wave integrated circuits. At Honeywell, he developed passive millimeter-wave midcourse missile guidance systems and millimeter-wave sensors for mine detection. In addition to this course?s textbook, Dr. Klein wrote Millimeter-Wave and Infrared Multisensor Design and Signal Processing (Artech House, 1997), which describes multisensor applications, design, and performance; and Sensor Technologies and Data Requirements for ITS (Artech House, 2001), which discusses sensor applications to traffic and transportation management systems. Dr. Klein received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from New York University in 1973 and is a past reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, and Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems.


Course: ROO-408 Duration: 3 Days FEE: $1,499 CEUs: 2.16

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