A Feasibility Study on Bird Classification with Neural Network.
FYSISCH EN ELEKTRONISCH LAB TNO THE HAGUE (NETHERLANDS)
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This study shows that it is feasible to classify flying birds using radar and neural network technology. The Royal Dutch Airforce is interested in the capability to classify birds because this capability can be used to avoid collisions between birds and airplanes. The Automatic Gain Control AGC signal which is generated by the Flycatcher tracking radar has a relationship with the wing stroke pattern of a bird. An automatic system to classify birds using the AGC signal could be used in a bird collision warning system. Such a system does not yet exist. A prototype of a bird classification system has been implemented and evaluated. Test results based on simulated AGC data show that the prototype is able to classify birds. The prototype uses simulated AGC data because there is not yet enough real AGC data available to use neural network technology. Acquisition of real AGC data is too expensive to be done in the framework of a feasibility study. According to the test results it is recommended to acquire real AGC data.
- Military Aircraft Operations