Unexploded Ordnance Detection Using Region of Interest in Range Domain of Ground Penetrating Radar
Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand
Buried unexploded ordnance (UXO) and land mines are grave threats to civilians who go back to contaminated areas in the postwar period. In this research, we propose a new technique to detect UXOs from ground penetrating radar (GPR) signals. The technique is based on an energy-based feature of the region of interest (ROI). A ROI selection technique in range domain is also proposed. The proposed method was tested with the UXO data collected by Battelle company and the Ohio State University. This data set was made available to public through the Unexploded Ordnance Center of Excellence (UXOCOE), Department of Defense, U.S.A. The results evaluated in terms of Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curves suggest that our proposed technique performs very well. Comparisons to a traditional detection technique and our previously proposed technique are conducted. The improvement by the proposed technique does not only speed up the UXO/land mine clearance operation, but also save operating cost.
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