Target acquisition performance modeling of infrared imaging systems: Past, present, and future

James A. Ratches, Richard H. Vollmerhausen, Ronald G. Driggers

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Abstract

This paper provides a 40-year review of the infrared imaging system modeling activities at the U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD). The result of these modeling activities is a system model that describes the target acquisition performance of a human observer and an infrared imager. The model has been adopted by the military infrared imaging community as an assessment of how well an ensemble of observers perform the tasks of target detection, recognition, and identification. The model is used in infrared imager design and assessment, where military users understand how the metrics predicted by the model relates to system performance on the battlefield. This review begins with early work in the late 1950s and proceeds to present day modeling successes. Finally, the infrared imaging system modeling activities for the future are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-40
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Sensors Journal
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Infrared imaging
  • Modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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