Distance estimation using handheld devices

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Authors
Tekaya, Souhaiel Ben
Subjects
Distance Estimation
Mobile Devices
Computer Vision
Depth Extraction
Stereoscopy
Advisors
Gurminder, Singh
Fisher, Edward
Date of Issue
2013-06
Date
Jun-13
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Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
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The different capabilities mobile devices can offer in the field of distance estimation for military applications are explored in this thesis. Of particular interest is the potential for using computer vision techniques to estimate distance in an operational military environment. The methods used for this investigation include a review of past literature on computer vision techniques in this domain, as well as an exploration of the different capabilities mobile devices offer in terms of sensors and networking. We present two potential solutions. The first is a simulation of a distance estimation algorithm that gives the distance to the target using a pair of hyper stereo images. The second solution is a web-based mobile application prototype developed in HTML5. This prototype is intended for the use of untrained forward observers. It goes through the basic steps of a call for fire mission as required by a forward observer, with a focus on distance estimation.
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Thesis
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Information Sciences (IS)
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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