ASA 124th Meeting New Orleans 1992 October

4aUW16. A neural networks approach to multiple passive sonar targets identification by source separation technique.

Hong-Tzer Yang

Tai Lee

Chu-Kuei Tu

Jyh-Maw Lin

Chung Shan Inst. of Sci. and Technol., P.O. Box 90008-19, Kao-Hsiung, Taiwan 813, Republic of China

A source separation and neural network unsupervised learning procedure has been proposed and applied to the identification of multiple passive sonar targets. Acoustic noises radiated from 101 fishing boats were collected from two widely separated underwater hydrophones. A noise background whitening algorithm was applied to flatten the power density spectra (PDS) [W. A. Struzinski and E. D. Lowe, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 76, 1738--1742 (1984)]. The system was trained by using the single-target spectrum shapes derived from one of the hydrophones and then used these to identify the sources from the other hydrophone for both single and multiple targets. Multitarget signals were preprocessed by a source separation technique to obtain the individual signals. Results of practical testing indicated that the system could correctly identify 90.1% of the recordings for a single sonar target. Identification rate of the multi-target signals can achieve 84% for 50 different combinations of single-target signals. This paper describes the system configuration, the experiment design, and experiences with the practical applications. [Work supported by CSIST.]

Standards Committee S12 on Noise. Working group chairs will report on their progress for the production of noise standards. The interaction with ISO/TC 43/SC1 and ISO/TC 94/SC12 activities will also be discussed, with reference to the international standards under preparation. The Chair of the respective U.S. Technical Advisory Groups (H. E. von Gierke) will report on current activities of these International Technical Subcommittees under ISO and preparation for the next meeting of ISO/TC 43/SC1, schedule to take place in Oslo, Norway, from 31 May--4 June 1993.