Researchers at the University of Delaware (UD) are developing technology to detect explosive devices from a distance.
UD professor Chandra Kambhamettu has received a five-year, $1-million grant from the U.S. Army Research Office to develop a system that can identify landmines, improvised explosive devices, and other homemade bombs.
Kambhamettu's team is creating an augmented reality system that will use traditional cameras, thermal infrared sensing, and ground-penetrating radar to find and classify potentially dangerous objects from up to 30 meters away.
The team says the multi-camera system could be deployed on autonomous vehicles, drones, or robots sent to scout the surroundings before troops enter a new area, and the system is being tested on vehicles at a military training facility.
The researchers will collect data from the cameras, apply deep learning to the data, and develop an algorithm to make target detection more effective; they also will visualize scenarios in a virtual reality environment.
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