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– This paper provides new results and insights for tracking an extended target object modeled with an Elliptic Random Hypersurface Model (RHM). An Elliptic RHM specifies the relative squared Maha-lanobis distance of a measurement source to the center of the target object by means of a one-dimensional random scaling factor. It is shown that uniformly… (More)

—This paper presents a theoretical framework for Bayesian estimation in the case of imprecisely known probability density functions. The lack of knowledge about the true density functions is represented by sets of densities. A formal Bayesian estimator for these sets is introduced, which is intractable for infinite sets. To obtain a tractable filter,… (More)

—The distributed processing of measurements and the subsequent data fusion is called Track-to-Track fusion. Although a solution for the Track-to-Track fusion that is equivalent to a central processing scheme has been proposed, this algorithm suffers from strict requirements regarding the local availability of knowledge about utilized models of the remote… (More)

—This paper is about tracking multiple targets with the so-called Symmetric Measurement Equation (SME) filter. The SME filter uses symmetric functions, e.g., symmetric polynomials, in order to remove the data association uncertainty from the measurement equation. By this means, the data association problem is converted to a nonlinear state estimation… (More)

– In practical applications, state estimation requires the consideration of stochastic and systematic errors. If both error types are present, an exact probabilistic description of the state estimate is not possible, so that common Bayesian estimators have to be questioned. This paper introduces a theoretical concept, which allows for incorporating unknown… (More)

— A new method for globally optimal estimation in decentralized sensor-networks is applied to the decentralized control problem. The resulting approach is proven to be optimal when the nodes have access to all information in the network. More precisely, we utilize an algorithm for optimal distributed estimation in order to obtain local estimates whose… (More)

— This paper presents a novel method for tracking multiple extended objects. The shape of a single extended object is modeled with a recently developed approach called Random Hypersurface Model (RHM) that assumes a varying number of measurement sources to lie on scaled versions of the shape boundaries. This approach is extended by introducing a so-called… (More)

– In estimation theory, mainly set-theoretic or stochastic uncertainty is considered. In some cases, especially when some statistics of a distribution are not known or additional stochastic information is used in a set-theoretic estimator, both types of uncertainty have to be considered. In this paper, two estimators that cope with combined stoachastic and… (More)

— This paper deals with distributed information processing in sensor networks. We propose the Hypothesizing Distributed Kalman Filter that incorporates an assumption of the global measurement model into the distributed estimation process. The procedure is based on the Distributed Kalman Filter and inherits its optimality when the assumption about the global… (More)

—We propose a sample representation of estimation errors that is utilized to reconstruct the joint covariance in distributed estimation systems. The key idea is to sample uncorre-lated and fully correlated noise according to different techniques at local estimators without knowledge about the processing of other nodes in the network. In this way, the… (More)