An Image Compression Approach to Cooperative Processing for Swarming Autonomous Underwater Vehicles
Hutchison, Caroline Anne
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Current wireless underwater communication technologiesâ i.e. underwater acoustic modemsâ are extremely bandwidth limited as compared to land-based wireless technologies. Additionally, acoustic modem technologies are not advancing at the same high rate as computing technologies. Therefore, it is proposed that image compression techniques be applied to sonar maps. This will both reduce the amount of information that must be transferred by these modems which in turn reduces the amount of time required to send information across acoustic channels. After compression is performed on one platformâ s map, the information is transformed into the coordinate system of the uncompressed second, non-collocated platformâ s map and the two maps are additively compared. If returns are common in both maps, they will be show up with higher energy than the individual mapsâ returns. This thesis proves that application of image compression techniques on range-angle maps allow for target detection, down to a minimum target strength value of 0 dB, independent of target return strength.
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