Joint Spatio-Temporal Bias Estimation and Tracking for GNSS-Denied Sensor Networks

Sofie MacDonald, James R. Hopgood

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Abstract / Description of output

Sensor parameter estimation is a key process that must be considered when performing data fusion in a multi-sensor object tracking scenario. For example, significant relative time delays in sensor data arriving at a fusion centre can result in a reduction of track accuracy, false tracks, or early termination of a true object track. The same issues may arise in the presence of some relative angular bias between sensors.

This article presents a technique for simultaneous target tracking and estimation of relative time delays and angular biases in data for a multi-sensor system with no access to a global frame-of-reference. The proposed technique makes use of a hierarchical Bayesian model and couples a grid-based search method with an array of augmented state Kalman filters to accomplish this.

Results are provided comparing the root-mean-squared error in a simulated single object tracking scenario. The performance of a single sensor, two sensors with correct registration, two sensors with incorrect registration, and two sensors with registration correction are compared. The results demonstrate a significant improvement in tracking performance when registration errors are corrected with the proposed method, as well as an increase in accuracy over object tracking with only a single sensor.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 Sensor Signal Processing for Defence Conference (SSPD)
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021
EventInternational Conference in Sensor Signal Processing for Defence: : from Sensor to Decision - The Royal College of Physicians , Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Sept 202115 Sept 2021


ConferenceInternational Conference in Sensor Signal Processing for Defence:
Abbreviated titleSSPD2021
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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