Method for the Three-Dimensional Imaging of a Moving Target Using an Ultra-Wideband Radar with a Small Number of Antennas

Takuya SAKAMOTO  Yuji MATSUKI  Toru SATO  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E95-B   No.3   pp.972-979
Publication Date: 2012/03/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E95.B.972
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Sensing
Keyword: 
ultra wideband radar,  moving target,  radar imaging,  spheroid,  three-dimensional,  

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Summary: 
Ultra wideband (UWB) radar is considered a promising technology to complement existing camera-based surveillance systems because, unlike cameras, it provides excellent range resolution. Many of the UWB radar imaging algorithms are based on large-scale antenna arrays that are not necessarily practical because of their complexity and high cost. To resolve this issue, we previously developed a two-dimensional radar imaging algorithm that estimates unknown target shapes and motion using only three antennas. In this paper, we extend this method to obtain three-dimensional images by estimating three-dimensional motions from the outputs of five antennas. Numerical simulations confirm that the proposed method can estimate accurately the target shape under various conditions.