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Multiple vehicle detection and tracking
Author(s): Margrit Betke; Ismail Haritaoglu; Larry S. Davis
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Paper Abstract

A hard real time vision system has been developed that recognizes and tracks multiple cars from video sequences taken from a car driving on highways and country roads. Recognition is accomplished by combining the analysis of single image frames with the analysis of the motion information provided by multiple consecutive image frames. In single image frames, cars are recognized by matching deformable gray-scale templates, by detecting image features, such as corners, and by evaluating how these features relate to each other. Cars are also recognized by tracking motion parameters that are typical for cars. The vision system utilizes the hard real-time operating system Maruti which guarantees that the timing constraints on the various vision processes are satisfied. The dynamic creation and termination of tracking processes optimizes the amount of computational resources spent and allows fast detection and tracking of multiple cars. Experimental results demonstrate robust, real-time recognition and tracking over thousands of image frames.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 February 1997
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2962, 25th AIPR Workshop: Emerging Applications of Computer Vision, (26 February 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.267814
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Margrit Betke, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Ismail Haritaoglu, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Larry S. Davis, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2962:
25th AIPR Workshop: Emerging Applications of Computer Vision
David H. Schaefer; Elmer F. Williams, Editor(s)

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