Adaptive feature-specific imaging: A face recognition example

Pawan K. Baheti, Mark A. Neifeld

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We present an adaptive feature-specific imaging (AFSI) system and consider its application to a face recognition task. The proposed system makes use of previous measurements to adapt the projection basis at each step. Using sequential hypothesis testing, we compare AFSI with static-FSI (SFSI) and static or adaptive conventional imaging in terms of the number of measurements required to achieve a specified probability of misclassification (P e). The AFSI system exhibits significant improvement compared to SFSI and conventional imaging at low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). It is shown that for M = 4 hypotheses and desired Pe = 10-2, AFSI requires 100 times fewer measurements than the adaptive conventional imager at SNR = -20 dB. We also show a trade-off, in terms of average detection time, between measurement SNR and adaptation advantage, resulting in an optimal value of integration time (equivalent to SNR) per measurement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)B21-B31
JournalApplied optics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Apr 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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