A belief theoretic approach for characterization of underwater munitions

Thanuka L. Wickramarathne, Shahriar Negahdaripour, Kamal Premaratne, Lisa N. Brisson, Pierre P. Beaujean

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Characterization, management and remediation of military munitions, especially in underwater environments, is a challenging task given all the technical and physical barriers. Optical cameras are better suited for identifying the physical shape of objects. But in underwater, low visibility almost prohibits the use of these cameras. Acoustic imaging is a good alternative to this, but the characteristics of imaging along with numerous artifacts of physical systems which are not easy to model, makes the object recognition task non-trivial. We explore here the possibility of exploiting the geometry of the object shadows for identification of objects itself. The inherited imperfections of the data and the numerous artifacts of sonar systems are counteracted via the use of a fusion algorithm which incorporates evidence from multiple perspectives. A Dempster-Shafer belief theoretic evidence updating scheme which is capable of modeling a wider variety of data imperfections is used for the fusion task. We illustrate the method via the use of real data obtained at a test site located in the Florida Atlantic University premises.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMTS/IEEE Seattle, OCEANS 2010
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
EventMTS/IEEE Seattle, OCEANS 2010 - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Sep 20 2010Sep 23 2010

Publication series

NameMTS/IEEE Seattle, OCEANS 2010


OtherMTS/IEEE Seattle, OCEANS 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA


  • Dempster-Shafer theory
  • Evidence fusion
  • Evidence updating
  • Sonar imaging
  • Underwater munitions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering


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