Passive sonar target recognition using a back-propagating neural network.
Moore, David Franklin
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The prompt and accurate processing of sonar data is essential in undersea warfare. The ability to quickly detect and classify sonar targets is crucial to the performance and survivability of all navy surface ships and submarines. With the advent of neural network technology, new opportunities have arisen which could greatly enhance current sonar target recognition capabilities. The main objective of this research is to demonstrate the practical usage of neural networks in recognizing the acoustic signatures of passive sonar targets using simulated-at-sea conditions. We will review the theory behind neural networks, the problems associated with recognizing acoustic signals in an underwater environment, and we will make a detailed case study of a neural network's performance using test data generated from simulated sonar targets.
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