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Title: Optical array for high-quality imaging in harsh environments

Abstract

Methods and apparatus are disclosed for producing high quality images in uncontrolled or impaired environments. In some examples of the disclosed technology, groups of cameras for high dynamic range (HDR), polarization diversity, and optional other diversity modes are arranged to concurrently image a common scene. For example, in a vehicle checkpoint application, HDR provides discernment of dark objects inside a vehicle, while polarization diversity aids in rejecting glare. Spectral diversity, infrared imaging, and active illumination can be applied for better imaging through a windshield. Preprocessed single-camera images are registered and fused. Faces or other features of interest can be detected in the fused image and identified in a library. Impairments can include weather, insufficient or interfering lighting, shadows, reflections, window glass, occlusions, or moving objects.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1735147
Patent Number(s):
10742894
Application Number:
16/058,948
Assignee:
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
G - PHYSICS G06 - COMPUTING G06T - IMAGE DATA PROCESSING OR GENERATION, IN GENERAL
G - PHYSICS G06 - COMPUTING G06K - RECOGNITION OF DATA
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 08/08/2018
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Baba, Justin S., Bingham, Philip R., Bolme, David S., Eicholtz, Matthew R., Ferrell, Regina Kay, Johnson, Christi R., and Santos-Villalobos, Hector J. Optical array for high-quality imaging in harsh environments. United States: N. p., 2020. Web.
Baba, Justin S., Bingham, Philip R., Bolme, David S., Eicholtz, Matthew R., Ferrell, Regina Kay, Johnson, Christi R., & Santos-Villalobos, Hector J. Optical array for high-quality imaging in harsh environments. United States.
Baba, Justin S., Bingham, Philip R., Bolme, David S., Eicholtz, Matthew R., Ferrell, Regina Kay, Johnson, Christi R., and Santos-Villalobos, Hector J. Tue . "Optical array for high-quality imaging in harsh environments". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1735147.
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abstractNote = {Methods and apparatus are disclosed for producing high quality images in uncontrolled or impaired environments. In some examples of the disclosed technology, groups of cameras for high dynamic range (HDR), polarization diversity, and optional other diversity modes are arranged to concurrently image a common scene. For example, in a vehicle checkpoint application, HDR provides discernment of dark objects inside a vehicle, while polarization diversity aids in rejecting glare. Spectral diversity, infrared imaging, and active illumination can be applied for better imaging through a windshield. Preprocessed single-camera images are registered and fused. Faces or other features of interest can be detected in the fused image and identified in a library. Impairments can include weather, insufficient or interfering lighting, shadows, reflections, window glass, occlusions, or moving objects.},
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year = {2020},
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