Target Detection with Advanced Optical Sensing


This course introduces the state-of-the-art imaging technologies of Spectral and Polarimetric Imaging for target detection, including the imaging principles, the properties of the image data obtained and how to process them effectively. Both the opportunities and challenges of utilizing the new technologies are presented with applications. No background knowledge is assumed for the course. Attendees receive a comprehensive set of notes and a copy of Remote Sensing Digital Image Analysis, by John Richards, Springer, 2013.

Duration: 3 days

Delivery mode: Face-to-face

Locations: UNSW Canberra at ADFA, Canberra

What you will receive:

  • A copy of the book  Remote Sensing Digital Image Analysis, Richards, J., Springer, 2013.
  • Comprehensive course notes
  • UNSW Canberra certificate of completion/attendance*
  • Masters credit: UNSW Canberra allows students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 days of  approved professional education short courses to use those courses as credit in  eligible postgraduate programs

In-house delivery: Can be delivered Australia wide. Contact the   for more information. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.


Those who are interested in equipping themselves with knowledge of advanced digital imaging techniques for target detection and recognition.


Spectral and Polarimetric Imaging

Spectral Ranges/Bands | Spectral/Spatial/Radiometric Resolutions | System Design

Target Descriptions and Modeling

Absorption Features |Texture |Geometric Properties| Propagation

Data Correction

Cloud Removal |Atmospheric Correction | Image Registration

Image Enhance ment

Contrast Enhancement | Image Smoothing/Sharpening | Noise Reduction

High Dimension al Data Analysis

Feature Selection| Feature Extraction | Active Learning

Classification an d Target Detection

Classifiers | Training and Testing | Accuracy Assessment

Multisensor Fusi on

Big Spatial Data Approaches | Data/Information/Decision Fusion

Imaging System s and Applications


J. Scott Tyo is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Head of the School of Engineering and IT at UNSW Canberra.  He directs the Advanced Sensing Laboratory, which develops novel optical and electromagnetic imaging and sensing systems, including polarimetry, hyperspectral imaging, coherence sensing, infrared imaging, and terhahertz sensing.  Prof. Tyo is best known for his work in optical polarization imaging, where he has made significant contributions in many areas, especially in polarimeter design, optimization, and calibration.  He was recognized as the 2014 SPIE GG Stokes Award winner for his work with integrated imaging polarimeters.  He is a fellow of the IEEE, SPIE, and the Optical Society of America.



X. Jia is a Senior Lecturer of the School of Engineering and IT at UNSW Canberra.  She has more than 25 years of teaching experience in higher education in Australia. She has offered remote sensing and image processing courses many times to undergraduate and postgraduate students. These courses are closely related to her active research area. She is well known for her work in hyperspectral remote sensing, including data correction, multisensor fusion and image classification. Dr. Jia has co-authored the remote sensing textbook Remote Sensing Digital Image Analysis [Springer-Verlag, 3 rd (1999) and 4 th (2006) edtions].  She is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing since 2005.



*Pending final results