Data Fusion Using Automated Image Corroboration

Peter S. Wyckoff, Randy K. Young

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Automated all source data fusion primarily fuses analyst generated messages. These messages represent a small portion, albeit a highly reliable segment, of the available information resources. Task saturation and computational limitations often prevent volumes of raw collection data from reaching an analyst in a timely manner. Valuable intelligence information that at least corroborates an important time critical target may be present in unanalyzed raw data files. Analyst generated messages are shown to direct a focused search for additional corroborating evidence in a small spatial-temporal segment of raw data. Automatic corroboration processing simply confirms or denies the presence of a feature in a particular location. Corroboration is a much simpler process than automatic target recognition and requires significantly less processing and fidelity since other information products detect and identify the potential presence of a target or event and focus raw data processing. The new approach transforms previously disregarded raw data into associated corroborative information without increasing analyst tasking. Existing software fuses the corroborative information with analyst messages. An example demonstrates raw data corroboration using imagery. The approximate location, time, and target identity are determined using two associated analyst messages. Raw imagery processing confirms the target and associates an additional message. The fused target priority is amplified by the corroborative message.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-256
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2003
EventPROCEEDINGS OF SPIE SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering:Battlespace Digitization and Network-Centric Systems III - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Apr 23 2003Apr 25 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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