Algorithm improvement for tracking complex targets

[Master's thesis at Thales (Hengelo)]

Tracking can be described as the processing of measurements obtained from objects in order to estimate the states of these objects. In case of a radar system, the object of interest can be an aircraft with the position and the velocity as the states.

Tracking applications in current radar systems are often based on Multiple Hypotheses Tracking (MHT) techniques. The MHT algorithm is based on two important assumptions. First of all, each measurement can belong to at most one target. Secondly, each target can only produce at most one measurement in each scan. The second assumption of the MHT algorithm is for some complex targets not always true, which can lead to degraded performance of the algorithm.

In this study we would like to explore the possibilities to include these measurement issues on these complex targets into our current solutions.

For more information, please contact Georg Still.