Why is Data Fusion Hard

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Why is Data Fusion Hard

Course Description

In many organizations, sensor fusion is not a traditional, established professional specialization or competency. This course provides the background needed to jump-start an effective sensor-fusion development team. Sensor data fusion is a critical and complex enabler that supports advanced Electronic Warfare systems with enhanced situation awareness and improved threat response timelines. This three-day short course includes an in-depth introduction to sensor data fusion and tracking algorithms, a review of required mathematics, and a series of lectures that extend these basic concepts to include real-world challenges that often confound fielded systems. Interactive computer labs are used that demonstrate these challenges, show methods for their mitigation and to cement the concepts introduced throughout the class.

Course Content


  • Linear algebra and simple linear systems
  • Probability theory
  • Statistics
  • Estimation


  • Measurements and tracks
  • The fusion equation
  • Gating and association
  • Sensor to system track


  • Radar systems
  • Electronic support systems
  • Electro-optical/Infrared systems
  • Transponder system (Identification Friend or Foe, Automatic Identification System)
  • Data link messages


  • Single target tracking
  • Tracking maneuvering targets
  • Multiple target tracking
  • Multisensor data association
  • Sensor registration and coordinate transformation


  • Non-homogeneous sensor challenges
  • National Center for Toxicological Research and sea-floor imaging
  • Performance evaluation metrics

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers and scientists called upon to develop, test, and field complex sensor fusion systems, often without the needed background or training.

What You Will Learn

  • Probability and mathematics review
  • Data association, correlation, and fusion
  • Sensor systems and measurements
  • Single and multiple target tracking
  • Multisensor data association
  • Fusion with non-homogeneous sensors
  • Fusion architectures

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand basic sensor fusion architectures.
  • Become familiar with common sensor systems often fused on military sensor systems.
  • Appreciate the complexity and difficulty of developing effective sensor fusion systems.
  • Learn how to objectively evaluate sensor fusion system performance.
  • Do system parameter tradeoffs in computer labs to understand algorithm sensitivities.
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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


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