New data fusion algorithms for distributed multi-sensor multi-target environments
Aziz, Ashraf Mamdouh Abdel
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Multisensor data fusion combines data from multiple sensor systems to achieve improved performance and provide more inferences than could be achieved using a single sensor system. One of the most important aspects of data fusion is data association. This dissertation develops new algorithms for data association, including measurement to track association, track to track association and track fusion, in distributed multisensor multitarget environment with overlapping sensor coverage. The performance of the proposed algorithms is compared to that of existing techniques. Computational complexity analysis is also presented. Numerical results based on Monte Carlo simulations and real data collected from the United States Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Services system are presented. The results show that the proposed algorithms reduce the computational complexity and achieve considerable performance improvement over those previously reported in the literature.
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