A model based approach to mine detection and classification in sidescan sonar

S. Reed, Y. Petillot, J. Bell

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Developments in Autonomous Underwater Vehicle(AUV) technology has shifted the direction of Mine-Counter-measure(MCM) research towards more automated techniques. This paper presents an automated approach to the detection and classification of mine-like objects using Sidescan Sonar images. Mine-like objects(MLO) are first detected using a Markov Random Field(MRF) model. The highlight and shadow regions of these MLO's are then extracted using a Co-operating Statistical Snake model. Objects which are not identified as false alarms are then considered in a third classification phase. A sonar simulator model considers different possible object shapes, measuring the plausibility of each match. A final classification decision is carried out using Dempster-Shafer theory which allows both mono-image and multi-image classification. Results for all phases are shown on real data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1402-1407
Number of pages6
JournalOceans Conference Record
Publication statusPublished - 2003
EventCelebrating the Past... Teaming Toward the Future - San Diego, CA., United States
Duration: 22 Sept 200326 Sept 2003


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