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DART: Implicit Doppler Tomography for Radar Novel View Synthesis

Tianshu Huang · John Miller · Akarsh Prabhakara · Tao Jin · Tarana Laroia · Zico Kolter · Anthony Rowe

Arch 4A-E Poster #101
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Fri 21 Jun 5 p.m. PDT — 6:30 p.m. PDT
Oral presentation: Orals 6A Low-level vision and remote sensing
Fri 21 Jun 1 p.m. PDT — 2:30 p.m. PDT


Simulation is an invaluable tool for radio-frequency system designers that enables rapid prototyping of various algorithms for imaging, target detection, classification, and tracking. However, simulating realistic radar scans is a challenging task that requires an accurate model of the scene, radio frequency material properties, and a corresponding radar synthesis function. Rather than specifying these models explicitly, we propose DART --- Doppler Aided Radar Tomography, a Neural Radiance Field-inspired method which uses radar-specific physics to create a reflectance and transmittance-based rendering pipeline for range-Doppler images. We then evaluate DART by constructing a custom data collection platform and collecting a novel radar dataset together with accurate position and instantaneous velocity measurements from lidar-based localization. In comparison to state-of-the-art baselines, DART synthesizes superior radar range-Doppler images from novel views across all datasets and additionally can be used to generate high quality tomographic images.

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