Training SAR-ATR Models for Reliable Operation in Open-World Environments

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Training deep learning-based synthetic aperture radar automatic target recognition (SAR-ATR) systems for use in an 'open-world' operating environment has, thus far proven difficult. Most SAR-ATR systems are designed to achieve maximum accuracy for a limited set of classes, yet ignore the implications of encountering novel target classes during deployment. Even worse, the standard deep learning training objectives fundamentally inherit a closed-world assumption, and provide no guidance for how to handle out-of-distribution (OOD) data. In this work, we develop a novel training procedure called adversarial outlier exposure (AdvOE) to codesign the ATR system for accuracy and OOD detection. Our method introduces a large, diverse, and unlabeled auxiliary training dataset containing samples from the OOD set. The AdvOE objective encourages a deep neural network to learn robust features of the in-distribution training data, while also promoting maximum entropy predictions for adversarially perturbed versions of the OOD data. We experiment with the recent SAMPLE dataset, and find our method nearly doubles the OOD detection performance over the baseline in key settings, and excels when using only synthetic training data. As compared to several other advanced ATR training techniques, AdvOE also affords significant improvements in both classification and detection statistics. Finally, we conduct extensive experiments that measure the effect of OOD set granularity on detection rates; discuss the implications of using different detection algorithms; and develop a novel analysis technique to validate our findings and interpret the OOD detection problem from a new perspective.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Inkawhich, NA; Davis, EK; Inkawhich, MJ; Majumder, UK; Chen, Y

Published Date

  • January 1, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 /

Start / End Page

  • 3954 - 3966

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2151-1535

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1939-1404

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/JSTARS.2021.3068944

Citation Source

  • Scopus