Comparison of Feed Forward Neural Networks and Convolutional Neural Networks for SAR Automatic Target Recognition

Conference: EUSAR 2018 - 12th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar
06/04/2018 - 06/07/2018 at Aachen, Germany

Proceedings: EUSAR 2018

Pages: 6Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Hunter, Heather; Graber, Hans (University of Miami RSMAS, USA)

Automatic target recognition (ATR) in synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images requires algorithms that are robust to the unique characteristics of a SAR image. As detection and classification can be time-consuming for even a SAR expert, neural networks (NNs) have emerged as a powerful solution to the problem. NNs learn by studying example images and can adapt to target and environmental variations in subsequent images. This work compares the accuracy of a Feed Forward Neural Network (FFNN) and a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) on SAR images. While both networks achieved good performance, the CNN outperformed the FFNN.