Target Tracking in Sensor Systems

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Requirements & Materials
Overview

Target Tracking in Sensor Systems

Course Description

Learn the fundamentals of target tracking. In this Target Tracking in Sensor Systems course, you will obtain an overview of the principles of the sensor systems for which target tracking algorithms are implemented. The course focuses on the concepts associated with target tracking, including track filter analysis (experienced through two computer labs), the basic mathematics used in target tracking, and the operations of the more commonly used sensor systems. You will understand the role of sensors in target tracking, and be able to utilize this course's hands-on experience in your own work.

Course Content

REVIEW OF MATHEMATICS FOR TRACKING

  • Probability and random variables
  • Statistics
  • Linear algebra
  • Estimation techniques

PARAMETER ESTIMATION

  • Fixed versus stochastic parameters
  • Fixed but unknown parameters
  • Parameters with and without prior densities
  • Fixed parameter estimation methods
  • Stochastic parameter estimation or tracking
  • Challenges in parameter estimation

DATA LINKS FOR NETWORK-CENTRIC TRACKING

  • Link 16
  • Report responsibility
  • Link interoperability

ALPHA-BETA FILTERS

TRACKING MANEUVERING TARGETS

  • Kinematics models
  • Design of alpha-beta filters for maneuvering targets
  • Decision-directed approaches
  • Multiple model approaches
  • Interacting multiple model estimator

RADAR SENSOR

  • Radar measurement models
  • Radar signal processing
  • Radar control and data association

EO/IR SENSOR

  • Electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) measurements in a tracking engineer’s context
  • Detection/measurement model
  • Signal processing
  • Coordinate systems
  • Stabilization methods and issues
  • Example tracking systems

TRACKING TARGETS IN PRESENCE OF FALSE SIGNALS

  • Gating and other statistical validation of measurements
  • Track initiation and deletion
  • Nearest neighbor and strongest neighbor
  • Probabilistic data association filter

MULTI-TARGET TRACKING (MTT)

  • MTT as extension of single target tracking
  • Advanced MTT methods

ESM SENSORS

  • Application of ESM sensors to target tracking
  • Electronic intelligence, precision ESM, and radar warning receiver
  • Architectures and components
  • Interference and multipath
  • Fusion with other sensors

MULTI-PLATFORM/MULTI-SENSOR TRACKING

  • Architectures
  • Coordinate systems
  • Track filtering with remote measurements
  • Gridlock
  • Measurement-to-track association
  • Track management
  • Multi-sensor resource allocation

ELECTRONIC COUNTERMEASURES AGAINST MODERN TARGET TRACKING RADAR SYSTEMS

  • Countermeasures history
  • Onboard and off-board countermeasures
  • Active and passive countermeasures
  • Electronic counter-countermeasures

PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS FOR MTT SYSTEMS AND SIMULATIONS

  • Need for performance analysis
  • Single-sensor, single-target performance analysis
  • Multi-target/multi-sensor basics
  • Catalog of multi-target/multi-sensor tracking metric

COMPUTER LABS

  • Tracking filtering
  • Data association
Requirements & Materials
Important Information

This course requires completion of an Access Eligibility Form.  Please make sure to read the Course Restrictions section below before registering for this course.

Prerequisites

Recommended

  • Familiarity with matrix mathematics, probability and linear algebra
Course Restrictions

This course is restricted to US citizens who are industrial and/or government employees and complete the Access Eligibility Form. Eligibility questions should be directed to 404-407-6661. Attendees must fax the Access Eligibility Form to 404-407-8691. Laptop computers will not be permitted in the classroom and storage will not be available.

Session Details

  • 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.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers, scientists, and technical personnel engaged in the specification, procurement, design, development, and testing of sensor systems.

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What You Will Learn

  • Mathematics for tracking
  • Parameter and state estimation
  • Data links for network-centric tracking
  • Alpha-beta filters
  • Tracking maneuvering targets
  • Radar systems and target tracking
  • Electro-optical and infrared sensors
  • Tracking targets in the presence of false signals
  • Multitarget tracking methods and metrics
  • Electronic support measures sensors
Radar antenna

How You Will Benefit

  • Develop an understanding of the concepts associated with target tracking.
  • Experience analyzing track filters through two computer labs.
  • Become familiar with the mathematics and notation of target tracking.
  • Appreciate the operation of sensors used in target tracking.
  • Know the role of sensors in target tracking.
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The course schedule was well-structured with a mix of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on exercises led by knowledgeable and engaging instructors.

- Abe Kani
President

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