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Computer-aided target tracking in motion analysis studies
Author(s): Dominic C. Burdick; M. L. Marcuse; J. David Mislan
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Paper Abstract

Motion analysis studies require the precise tracking of reference objects in sequential scenes. In a typical situation, events of interest are captured at high frame rates using special cameras, and selected objects or targets are tracked on a frame by frame basis to provide necessary data for motion reconstruction. Tracking is usually done using manual methods which are slow and prone to error. A computer based image analysis system has been developed that performs tracking automatically. The objective of this work was to eliminate the bottleneck due to manual methods in high volume tracking applications such as the analysis of crash test films for the automotive industry. The system has proven to be successful in tracking standard fiducial targets and other objects in crash test scenes. Over 95 percent of target positions which could be located using manual methods can be tracked by the system, with a significant improvement in throughput over manual methods. Future work will focus on the tracking of clusters of targets and on tracking deformable objects such as airbags.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1990
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1356, Image-Based Motion Measurement, (1 August 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.23888
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Dominic C. Burdick, CSPI (United States)
M. L. Marcuse, CSPI (United States)
J. David Mislan, CSPI (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1356:
Image-Based Motion Measurement
James S. Walton, Editor(s)

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