Histograms of Dominant Orientations for Anti-Personnel Landmine Detection Using Ground Penetrating Radar

Temlioglu E., Erer I., Kumlu D.

4th International Conference on Electrical and Electronic Engineering (ICEEE), Ankara, Turkey, 8 - 10 April 2017, pp.329-332 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/iceee2.2017.7935844
  • City: Ankara
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.329-332
  • Keywords: ground penetrating radar (GPR), landmine detection, feature extraction, feature descriptor, histograms of dominant orientations (HDO)
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) senses dielectric discontinuities below the surface. Thus, it can detect low-metal and non-metal land mines. However, it detects not only landmines but also all objects under the ground and therefore, false alarm rates of GPR are very high. Powerful feature based algorithms are required to reduce false alarm rates and to distinguish land mine from clutter that causes false alarms. In this paper, Histograms of Dominant Orientations (HDO) feature extraction method is implemented for landmine detection problem. HDO method is compared with Histograms of Oriented Gradients (HOG) method which is the state-of-the-art feature extraction method for landmine detection. Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curves are calculated for comparison of methods and it is shown that the HDO outperforms HOG.