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Apparatus and Techniques for the Deployment and Characterization of Event-Based Sensors

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Johns Hopkins University

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Event-based EB cameras offer a size- and weight-efficient sensing platform that does not emit a signature but can be used in applications requiring high-speed solutions. Despite the promise of EB cameras, little progress has been made in maturing the technology in the realm of defense deployment. Current sensing modalities, such as radar and lidar, have been equipped with infrastructure to allow expedient testing in experimental range scenarios as well as vetted to understand the limitations of each technology with reference to velocity profiles. A series of equipment, test fixtures, and techniques were recently developed to characterize and deploy EB sensors in high-speed scenarios. Initial experiments have been conducted to characterize scene velocities, communication latencies, and hardware capabilities. Camera collection interactions under 50 s have been seen, rotational velocities of 200 rpm are detected, and a complete profile of delays was acquired.


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