AFIT Research Team Develops Enhanced Imaging System to Aid in Search and Rescue, Security and Surveillance

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February 2, 2016 | Originally published by Date Line: February 2 on

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OH – The Sensors Exploitation Research Group at the Air Force Institute of Technology, led by Dr. Michael J. Mendenhall, has honed in on the process of differentiating human skin from other materials within an image to reduce false detection. Color-image based systems, useful in locating people injured or missing in aerial search, rescue, and recovery operations and also for security and surveillance, have high false detection rates making it difficult to locate people in the collected imagery. Instead of using bulky, expensive and relatively slow hyperspectral camera systems, Mendenhall”s research team has developed a prototype camera system that specifically works with a skin detection and color estimation approach. The system requires only a small number of spectral channels.