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Title: Hyperspectral target detection using manifold learning and multiple target spectra

Imagery collected from satellites and airborne platforms provides an important tool for remotely analyzing the content of a scene. In particular, the ability to remotely detect a specific material within a scene is of critical importance in nonproliferation and other applications. The sensor systems that process hyperspectral images collect the high-dimensional spectral information necessary to perform these detection analyses. For a d-dimensional hyperspectral image, however, where d is the number of spectral bands, it is common for the data to inherently occupy an m-dimensional space with m << d. In the remote sensing community, this has led to recent interest in the use of manifold learning, which seeks to characterize the embedded lower-dimensional, nonlinear manifold that the data discretely approximate. The research presented in this paper focuses on a graph theory and manifold learning approach to target detection, using an adaptive version of locally linear embedding that is biased to separate target pixels from background pixels. Finally, this approach incorporates multiple target signatures for a particular material, accounting for the spectral variability that is often present within a solid material of interest.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Intelligence and Space Research Division
  2. Rochester Inst. of Technology, NY (United States). Carlson Center for Imaging Science
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 2332-5615
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Proceedings (Applied Imagery Pattern Recognition Workshop. Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Proceedings (Applied Imagery Pattern Recognition Workshop. Online); Journal Volume: 2015; Conference: Applied Imagery Pattern Recognition Workshop, Washington, DC (United States), 13-15 Oct 2015; Related Information: Electronic ISBN 978-1-4673-9558-8; Journal ID: ISSN 2332-5615
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (NA-20)
Contributing Orgs:
Rochester Inst. of Technology, NY (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; manifolds; object detection; hyperspectral imaging; graph theory; solids; image edge detection; spectral analysis; remote sensing
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