Robust Detection of Infrared Maritime Targets for Autonomous Navigation

Wang B., Benli E., Motai Y., Dong L., Xu W.

IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INTELLIGENT VEHICLES, vol.5, no.4, pp.635-648, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/tiv.2020.2991955
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.635-648
  • Keywords: Infrared imaging, image segmentation, maritime surveillance, target detection, OBJECT DETECTION, ALGORITHM, TRACKING, PERFORMANCE, SALIENCY, DENSITY, SEARCH
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper addresses a problem on infrared maritime target detection robustly in various situations. Its main contribution is to improve the infrared maritime target detection accuracy in different backgrounds, for various targets, using multiple infrared wave bands. The accuracy and the computational time of traditional infrared maritime searching systems are improved by our proposed Local Peak Singularity Measurement (LPSM)-Based Image Enhancement and Grayscale Distribution Curve Shift Binarization (GDCSB)-Based Target Segmentation. The first part uses LPSM to quantize the local singularity of each peak. Additionally, an enhancement map (EM) is generated based on the quantitative local singularity. After multiplying the original image by the EM, targets can be enhanced and the background will be suppressed. The second part of GDCSB-Based Target Segmentation calculates the desired threshold by cyclic shift of the grayscale distribution curve (GDC) of the enhanced image. After binarizing the enhanced image, real targets can be segmented from the image background. To verify the proposed algorithm, experiments based on 13,625 infrared maritime images and five comparison algorithms were conducted. Results show that the proposed algorithm has solid performance in strong and weak background clutters, different wave bands, different maritime targets, etc.