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A novel segmentation method for object tracking and recognition
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Paper Abstract

The increasing demand for the protection of persons and facilities requires the application of sophisticated technologies for surveillance and object tracking. For this purpose appropriate sensors are used like imaging IR sensors suitable for day/night operation and laser radar supplying 3D information of the scenario. In this context there is a requirement of automatic and semi-automatic methods supporting the human observer in his decision-making process. A prevalent task is automatic tracking of striking objects like vehicles or individual persons in an image sequence during a time slice. Classical methods are based on template matching implying certain shortcomings concerning homogeneous background or passing objects occluding the target object. The authors propose a new concept for generating templates for IR target signatures based on the interpretation of laser range data in order to optimize the tracking process. The testbed is realized by a helicopter equipped with a multisensor suite (laser radar, imaging IR, GPS, IMU). Results are demonstrated by the analysis of an exemplary data set. A vehicle situated in a complex scenario is acquired by a forward moving sensor platform and is tracked robustly by the proposed method.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 May 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6569, Acquisition, Tracking, Pointing, and Laser Systems Technologies XXI, 65690D (7 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.719192
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Carmen Witte, FGAN-FOM Research Institute for Optronics and Pattern Recognition (Germany)
Klaus Jäger, FGAN-FOM Research Institute for Optronics and Pattern Recognition (Germany)
Marcus Hebel, FGAN-FOM Research Institute for Optronics and Pattern Recognition (Germany)
Walter Armbruster, FGAN-FOM Research Institute for Optronics and Pattern Recognition (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6569:
Acquisition, Tracking, Pointing, and Laser Systems Technologies XXI
Steven L. Chodos; William E. Thompson, Editor(s)

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