Neural Volumetric Reconstruction for Coherent Synthetic Aperture Sonar

Academic Article


  • Synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) measures a scene from multiple views in order to increase the resolution of reconstructed imagery. Image reconstruction methods for SAS coherently combine measurements to focus acoustic energy onto the scene. However, image formation is typically under-constrained due to a limited number of measurements and bandlimited hardware, which limits the capabilities of existing reconstruction methods. To help meet these challenges, we design an analysis-by-synthesis optimization that leverages recent advances in neural rendering to perform coherent SAS imaging. Our optimization enables us to incorporate physics-based constraints and scene priors into the image formation process. We validate our method on simulation and experimental results captured in both air and water. We demonstrate both quantitatively and qualitatively that our method typically produces superior reconstructions than existing approaches. We share code and data for reproducibility.
  • Authors

  • Reed, Albert
  • Kim, Juhyeon
  • Blanford, Thomas
  • Pediredla, Adithya
  • Brown, Daniel
  • Jayasuriya, Suren
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • August 2023
  • Has Subject Area

    Published In

    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 1
  • End Page

  • 20
  • Volume

  • 42
  • Issue

  • 4