Robust real time multi-layer foreground segmentation

Denman, Simon P., Chandran, Vinod, & Sridharan, Shidha (2007) Robust real time multi-layer foreground segmentation. In Proceedings of International Association for Pattern Recognition Conference on Machine Vision Applications, The University of Tokyo, Japan, pp. 496-499.

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Many surveillance applications (object tracking, abandoned object detection) rely on detecting changes in a scene. Foreground segmentation is an effective way to extract the foreground from the scene, but these techniques cannot discriminate between objects that have temporarily stopped and those that are moving. We propose a series of modifications to an existing foreground segmentation system\cite{Butler2003} so that the foreground is further segmented into two or more layers. This yields an active layer of objects currently in motion and a passive layer of objects that have temporarily ceased motion which can itself be decomposed into multiple static layers. We also propose a variable threshold to cope with variable illumination, a feedback mechanism that allows an external process (i.e. surveillance system) to alter the motion detectors state, and a lighting compensation process and a shadow detector to reduce errors caused by lighting inconsistencies. The technique is demonstrated using outdoor surveillance footage, and is shown to be able to effectively deal with real world lighting conditions and overlapping objects.

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ID Code: 31323
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Motion Segmentation, Surveillance, Object Detection
ISBN: 9784901122078
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Computer Vision (080104)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Image Processing (080106)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 15 Mar 2010 23:41
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2013 23:34

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