The performance of matched subspace detectors and support vector machines for induction-based landmine detection


Conference Paper

Wideband electromagnetic induction (EMI) data provides an opportunity to apply statistical signal processing techniques to potentially mitigate false alarm rates in landmine detection. This paper explores the applications of matched subspace detectors and support vector machines (SVMs) to this problem. A library of landmine responses is generated from background-corrected calibration data and a bank of matched subspace detectors, each tuned to a specific mine type, is generated. Support vector machines are implemented based on the full mine responses, decay rate estimates, and the outputs of the matched subspace filter banks. Different training approaches are considered for the support vector machines. Receiver operating characteristics (ROCs) for the matched subspace detectors and support vector machines operating in a blind field test are presented. The results indicate that substantial reductions in the false alarm rates can be achieved using these techniques.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Torrione, P; Collins, L

Published Date

  • January 1, 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4742 / II

Start / End Page

  • 800 - 811

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0277-786X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1117/12.479153

Citation Source

  • Scopus