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Development of a Motion Imagery Quality Metric



J Irvine, Charles D. Fenimore, D Cannon, Donna Haverkamp, John W. Roberts, S Israel, L Simon, J Miller, A Aviles, Michelle Brennan


The motion imagery community would benefit from the availability of standard measures for assessing image interpretability. The National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale (NIIRS) has served as a community standard for still imagery, but no comparable scale exists for motion imagery. Several considerations unique to motion imagery indicate that the standard methodology employed in the past for NIIRS development may not be applicable or, at a minimum, require modifications. Traditional methods for NIIRS development rely on a close linkage between perceived image quality, as captured by specific image interpretation tasks, and the sensor parameters associated with image acquisition. The dynamic nature of motion imagery suggests that this type of linkage may not exist or may be modulated by other factors. A set of studies sponsored by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) have been conducted to understand and quantify the effects of critical factors. Factors that could affect perceived interpretability of motion imagery that have been explored in these studies include: ? Target motion,, ? Camera motion, ? Ground Sampled Distance (GSD), i.e., resolution, ? Scene complexity, ? Color, ? Frame rate, ? Image exploitation task category This paper summarizes the findings from these evaluations. Based on the findings of these studies, we are formulating the plans for the development of a motion imagery quality metric.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings| | 2006 Annual American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Conference
Conference Dates
May 1-5, 2006
Conference Location
Reno, NV, US
Conference Title
2006 Annual American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Conference


imagery, quality, image interpretability, motion imagery, NIIRS


Irvine, J. , Fenimore, C. , Cannon, D. , Haverkamp, D. , Roberts, J. , Israel, S. , Simon, L. , Miller, J. , Aviles, A. and Brennan, M. (2006), Development of a Motion Imagery Quality Metric, Proceedings| | 2006 Annual American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Conference, Reno, NV, US, [online], (Accessed May 22, 2024)


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Created November 19, 2006, Updated October 12, 2021