DOI: 10.29137/umagd.1402020 ISSN: 1308-5514

A Feasibility Analysis of the Use of ISAR Training Data in Machine Learning-Based SAR ATR

  • General Medicine
Processing of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images for automatic target recognition (ATR) is a critical application especially in military surveillance. In particular, numerous machine learning-based SAR ATR methods have been proposed for this task. However, data training and testing stages of all these methods are based on the exploitation of SAR signatures of the target under investigation. Considering the high variability of radar targets, obtaining such signature data is obviously a costly and time consuming process. In this study, therefore, a feasibility analysis of the use of inverse-SAR (ISAR) training data in SAR ATR has been made for the first time. The turntable ISAR and circular SAR images of three different vehicles are used in training and testing is performed by means of SAR images of three similar targets within the publicly available MSTAR dataset. Also, three most prominent machine learning methods, namely KNN, SVM and ANN are used in conjunction with three different feature extraction algorithms namely, GLRLM, GLSZM and GLCM. The obtained results reveal that the GLCM+SVM algorithm pair is the most effective model with 85% accuracy.

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