Intended Audience: People wishing to understand the basic theory, results, and methods of multiple-target tracking from a standard Bayesian point of view without unnecessary extensions, generalizations, or mathematical formalisms. Researchers desiring to learn how likelihood functions incorporate disparate types of information into data fusion solutions in a principled fashion.
Description: This tutorial is based on the book, Bayesian Multiple Target Tracking 2nd Ed. Its purpose is to present the basic results in multiple-target tracking from a Bayesian point of view. People who register will receive a complimentary copy of the book when they attend the tutorial.
Prerequisites: General familiarity with probabilistic concepts such as random variables, probability distributions, density functions, conditional probabilities, and expectations. Some familiarity with multivariate calculus and basic vector and matrix operations is also desirable.
Presenter: Lawrence D. Stone and Roy L. Streit
Dr. Lawrence D. Stone is Chief Scientist at Metron Inc., member of the National
Academy of Engineering, and fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and Management
In 1975, the Operations Research Society of America awarded the Lanchester Prize to his
book, Theory of Optimal Search. In 1986, he produced the probability maps used to locate the
S.S. Central America which sank in 1857, taking millions of dollars of gold coins and bars to the
ocean bottom. In 2010 he led the team that produced the probability distribution that guided
searchers to the location of the underwater wreckage of Air France Flight AF447. More
recently, he co-authored the 2016 book, Optimal Search for Moving Targets.
He is a coauthor of Bayesian Multiple Target Tracking 2nd Ed. and continues to work on
detection and tracking systems for the US Navy and Coast Guard including the Coast Guard’s
Search And Rescue Optimal Planning System used to plan searches for people missing at sea.
Dr. Roy L. Streit is a Senior Scientist at Metron in Reston, Virginia, and Professor
(Adjunct) of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth.
Fellow of the IEEE. Research interests include multi-target tracking, multi-sensor data fusion,
medical imaging, signal processing, pharmacovigilance, and business analytics. Author, Poisson
Point Processes, Springer, 2010 (Chinese translation, 2013). Co-author, Bayesian Multiple
Target Tracking, 2nd Edition, Artech, 2014. He has (co)-authored numerous technical papers
and invited papers at international conferences. Nine U.S. patents.
Before 2005, Dr. Streit was in Senior Executive Service at the Naval Undersea Warfare
Center in Newport, RI. Navy Superior Civilian Achievement Award. American Society of
Naval Engineers Solberg Award. Exchange Scientist DSTO, Adelaide, Australia, 1987–89.
Visiting Scientist, Yale University, 1982–84. Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, 1981–82.
B.A., Physics and Mathematics, East Texas State University, 1968; M.A., Mathematics,
University of Missouri at Columbia, 1970; Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Rhode Island.