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This article is part of the series Track Before Detect Algorithms.

Open Access Research Article

Parameter Adjustment for a Dynamic Programming Track-before-Detect-Based Target Detection Algorithm

O Nichtern* and S R Rotman

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Department of Electro-Optics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel

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EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing 2008, 2008:146925  doi:10.1155/2008/146925

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Received:28 March 2007
Revisions received:13 November 2007
Accepted:29 January 2008
Published:20 February 2008

© 2008 The Author(s).

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This paper addresses the problem of tracking a dim moving point target in a sequence of IR images. The proposed tracking system, based on the track-before-detect (TBD) approach, is designed to track and detect dim maneuvering targets from an image sequence under low SNR conditions; a dynamic programming algorithm (DPA) is used to process the frames in the sequence. This paper deals with the practical issues of setting the parameters of our algorithm to maximize tracking capability. In our flexible approach, we are able to accommodate different levels of noise and different target velocities and mobilities. Our algorithm is tested on real data to determine its efficacy.

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