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Motion-based video segmentation using continuation method and robust cost functions
Author(s): Cheng-Hong Yang; Janusz Konrad
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Paper Abstract

We propose a new approach to spatial segmentation of video sequences that is based on motion attributes. The approach, similarly to some previous efforts, uses Markov random field models and maximum a posteriori probability estimation.Our approach is novel in three ways. First, we propose a general formation for the joint motion estimation. Secondly, instead of the usual quadratic models we propose a robust estimation criterion that eliminates the impact of outliers on the estimates. Thirdly, since solving the segmentation problem directly in the space of discrete labels is difficult, we opt for a continuation method over a Gaussian pyramid. Thus, the estimation process starts as a motion estimation and then slowly converges towards a motion-based segmentation by 'hardening' the smoothness constraint. The final result is a quasi-segmentation, i.e., the estimated vector field is continuous but almost peicewise constant, and must undergo subsequent quantization. We show experimental results on two natural image sequences; the resolution quasi-segmentations clearly extract moving objects. The method may serve as an initial stage for joint motion estimation and segmentation, or may produce final segmentations if suitable post- processing is applied.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 January 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3309, Visual Communications and Image Processing '98, (9 January 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.298389
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Cheng-Hong Yang, INRS-Telecommunications (Canada)
Janusz Konrad, INRS-Telecommunications (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3309:
Visual Communications and Image Processing '98
Sarah A. Rajala; Majid Rabbani, Editor(s)

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