FOD Detection on Airport Runway with an Adaptive CFAR Technique

  • Weidong Liu
  • Zhongjin Zhang
  • Xuelian Yu
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 246)


Cell averaging CFAR (CA-CFAR) detection method is usually applied to homogeneous clutter background environment. However, when the background is complex or non-homogeneous, the performance of CA-CFAR may decline greatly. In this paper, focusing on the effective detection of FOD (foreign object debris) targets on airport runway, an adaptive cell averaging CFAR technique (ACA-CFAR) is used to obtain relatively good detection performance, especially when targets exist in the clutter edge or multi-targets interference environment. Experimental results show the effectiveness of the ACA-CFAR detector in the complex airport runway environment.


FOD detection Adaptive CFAR technique 



This work is partially supported by the National Natural Science foundation of China (No. 61139003) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No. ZYGX2010J022). The authors would like to thank the anonymous reviewers and editors for their helpful comments and suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Second Research Institute of CAACChengduChina
  2. 2.University of Electronic Science & Technology of ChinaChengduChina

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