Fundamentals of IRST Sensing

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Fundamentals of IRST Sensing

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the science and technologies underlying infrared search and track (IRST) systems. IRST represent a class of passive infrared systems whose function aims to detect, locate, and track objects embedded in complex backgrounds with temporally and spatially varying features. Given this is an introductory course, the lectures and topics covered focus on providing the necessary background to understand the various items which drive system design requirements and operational system performance. Initial course topics emphasize basic infrared (IR) physics related to targets, backgrounds, and atmospherics as well as performance metrics. In addition, technologies underpinning IRST system designs are discussed in later lectures; these topics begin at the component level and extend through the system level. Other lectures concentrate on search strategies, tracking algorithms, and signal processing approaches to enable robust system operation. Finally, system requirement drivers (threat, background, and platform characteristics), modeling and simulation techniques, test and evaluation approaches, and operational IRST systems form the basis of other lectures given during the course. At the end of the course, the attendee will possess a fundamental understanding of the system requirements drivers, operational IRST system performance metrics, and signal processing approaches.

Requirements & Materials


  • Notebooks containing hard copies of slides presented

Session Details

  • Special Discounts: Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) employees are eligible to receive a discount.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to the Organizational Development website and look for the coupon code under GT Professional Development. Review coupon instructions for more information.


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