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Active and Passive 3D EO/IR Sensing for Urban Operations

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Sensors & Electronics Technology

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3D Imaging, 3D Mapping, Laser Radar, Passive 3D, PhotonCounting, Urban Operations


Under several preceding RTG’s, NATO has advanced the State-of-the-Art for active imaging and laser radar. These groups have contributed to NATO advances in active sensors, and the development of advanced discriminants for targeting and fire control. Over these many years, a wide variety of active imaging techniques and systems have been developed, such as scanning laser radar, 3D flash laser radar, 2D gated SWIR imaging, digital holography systems and vibration sensing. Additionally, these techniques or systems are applied to a wide variety of tactical applications, such as targeting and fire control, and long range target ID, human target/hostile intent.


The technical objectives of this proposed ET are to build consensus on the 3D active and passive imaging and data requirements for tactical activities in the urban environment. The panel will coordinate the most recent 3D active and passive EO/IR sensor development activities of the member nations, including: • Identify the challenges associated with the urban environment; • Explore the application of various 3D sensors to the urban environment. For a proposed follow-on RTG we will exchange data/information between the individual member nations, evaluate state-of-the-art sensors relevant to the application space, leverage existing efforts, and develop assessment methodologies for the 3D urban environment.


Active imaging sensors such as scanning or flash laser radar, photon-counting laser radar, passive 3D sensing, sensing requirements in the urban environment, laser radar use in tactical applications, laser radar for autonomous and robotic vehicles, targeting and fire control, input to ATR algorithms, hostile target ID, change detection, IED detection, human metrics, reconnaissance and surveillance.

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