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Master of Science


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Jeffrey D. Clark, PhD.


Many spectral detection algorithms require precise ground truth measurements that are hand-selected in the image to apply radiometric calibration, converting image pixels into estimated reflectance vectors. That process is impractical for mobile, real-time hyperspectral target detection systems, which cannot empirically derive a pixel-to-reflectance relationship from objects in the image. Implementing automatic target recognition on high-speed snapshot hyperspectral cameras requires the ability to spectrally detect targets without performing radiometric calibration. This thesis demonstrates human skin detection on hyperspectral data collected at a high frame rate without using calibration panels, even as the illumination in the scene changes. Compared to an established skin detection method that requires calibration panels, the illumination-invariant methods in this thesis achieve nearly as good detection performance in sunny scenes and superior detection performance in cloudy scenes.

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