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The iDEX ADITI initiative, a program fostering innovation in critical defence technologies, has launched a new challenge focused on revolutionizing underwater object identification. This project seeks advancements in Underwater Object Identification using Aerial Hyperspectral Imaging and AI (Artificial Intelligence).

The challenge hinges on leveraging Underwater Hyperspectral Imaging (UHI) technology. UHI boasts the remarkable capability of identifying and classifying objects underwater with exceptional detail, even at depths of several hundred meters. This technology promises to significantly enhance the Indian Navy’s ability to detect and analyze objects of interest within the vast underwater domain.

The challenge goes beyond just UHI. It envisions a potent combination of UHI data with cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence algorithms. By integrating AI with UHI data, the project aims to achieve a significant leap in accuracy and efficiency when identifying and classifying underwater objects.

The article delves into the technical aspects of hyperspectral imaging, explaining its core principle. Hyperspectral imaging captures a three-dimensional data set of a scene. This data includes not only the typical spatial information (length and width) but also crucial spectral information. Spectral data essentially refers to the unique “fingerprint” of light an object reflects, and this data holds immense potential for object recognition.

The successful development of this technology will be a game-changer for India’s underwater defence capabilities. The ability to precisely identify objects at significant depths will provide the Indian Navy with a significant strategic advantage.

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