Application of capon method to direct position determination

Liran Tzafri*, Anthony J. Weiss

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The direct position determination (DPD) approach is a single-step method which uses the Maximum Likelihood estimator to localize sources emitting electromagnetic energy using combined data from all available sensors. The DPD is known to outperform the traditional 2-step methods under low Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) conditions. We propose an improvement to the DPD approach, using the well known minimum-variance-distortionless-response (MVDR) approach. Unlike Maximum Likelihood, the number of sources need not be known before applying the method. The combination of both the direct approach and MVDR yields unprecedented localization accuracy and resolution for weak sources. We demonstrate this approach on the problem of multistatic radar, but the method can easily be extended to general localization problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-9
Number of pages5
JournalICT Express
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2016


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