In this paper, five methods for enhancing sonar images prior to automatic detection of sea mines are investigated. Two of the methods have previously been published in connection with detection systems and serve as reference. The three new enhancement approaches are variance stabilizing log transform, nonlinear filtering, and pixel averaging for speckle reduction. The effect of the enhancement step is tested by using the full prcessing chain i.e. enhancement, detection and thresholding to determine the number of detections and false alarms. Substituting different enhancement algorithms in the processing chain gives a precise measure of the performance of the enhancement stage. The test is performed using a sonar image database with images ranging from very simple to very complex. The result of the comparison indicates that the new enhancement approaches improve the detection performance.
|Title of host publication||Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets IV|
|Place of Publication||Washington|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
|Event||SPIE AEROSENCE 1999 - Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets IV - Orlando, Florida, USA|
Duration: 1 Jan 1999 → …
|Conference||SPIE AEROSENCE 1999 - Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets IV|
|City||Orlando, Florida, USA|
|Period||01/01/1999 → …|
Jespersen, K., Sørensen, H. B. D., Zerr, B., Stage, B., & Haugsted, B. (1999). Sonar Image Enhancements for Improved Detection of Sea Mines. In Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets IV (pp. 552-558). SPIE.