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Activity title

Panoramic Vision Systems For Military Applications

Activity Reference

SET-ET-117

Panel

Sensors & Electronics Technology

Security Classification

Other

Status

Active

Activity type

ET

Start date

2019

End date

2020

Keywords

display, freeform optics, image post processing, Large field of view, optical design, optical sensors, optics, panoramic optic, virtual reality

Background

In many tactical and surveillance operations aided vision is required. Various technologies and capabilities have been developed and fielded to address this. An emerging one is panoramic vision systems for soldier systems and short range surveillance of military platforms such as ships, armored vehicles and airborne platforms. Ideally, these systems allow a warfighter to have 360 degree situational awareness. However, current systems face tradeoffs between sensor resolution, FOV and amount of data to be processed and transferred. In 2017, a workshop was held (SET-248) to bring together in the field of optical design, panoramic optics and displays among the NATO countries to share their vision and knowledge on the current advancement in the area of panoramic vision and their potential application to military systems. At the workshop, relevant optical design, sensors, data processing technique and applications as well as their limitations were identified and discussed. The outcome of the workshop clearly showed that further exploitation and technical discussion in a coordinated manner are required to fully assess its feasibility and applications.

Objectives

The ET will discuss the state-of-the-art related to technologies, requirement and capabilities of panoramic vision systems for military applications. The discussion covers the entire chain from scene, optics, sensor, display, processing and up to human operator. The desired outcome is to mutually inform the present experts in parts of the chain to come to a shared understanding of the challenges and knowledge gaps. Topics to be covered include: • Optical designs (e.g. low cost, dual-use, multiple sensor-optics, fovea and peripheral, freeform, GRIN – Gradient Reflected Index) • Sensor technologies (resolution, pitch, frame rate) • Display technologies (e.g. see-through) • Image processing (e.g. Object detection and tracking, contrast enhancement, resolution enhancement, image stitching, distortion) • Impact to situational awareness

Topics

Topics to be covered include: • Optical designs (e.g. low cost, dual-use, multiple sensor-optics, fovea and peripheral, freeform, GRIN – Gradient Reflected Index) • Sensor technologies (resolution, pitch, frame rate) • Display technologies (e.g. see-through) • Image processing (e.g. Object detection and tracking, contrast enhancement, resolution enhancement, image stitching, distortion) • Impact to situational awareness

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