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On a method to eliminate moving shadows in video sequences
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Paper Abstract

We present a simple computational model that works in the RGB colour space to detect moving shadow pixels in video sequences of indoor scenes, illuminated in each case by an incandescent source. A channel ratio test for shadows cast on some common indoor surfaces is proposed that can be appended to the developed scheme so as to reduce the otherwise high false detection rate. The core method, based on a Lambertian hypothesis, has been adapted to work well for near-matte surfaces by suppressing highlights. The results reported, based on an extensive data analysis conducted on some of the crucial parameters involved in the model, not only bring out the subtle details of the parameters, but also remove the ad hoc nature of the chosen thresholds to a certain extent. The method has been tested on various indoor video sequences; the results obtained indicate that it can be satisfactorily used to mark or eliminate the strong portion of the foreground shadow region.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 April 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7000, Optical and Digital Image Processing, 700012 (25 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.779744
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Bhargav Kumar Mitra, Univ. of Sussex (United Kingdom)
Philip Birch, Univ. of Sussex (United Kingdom)
Ioannis Kypraios, Univ. of Sussex (United Kingdom)
Rupert Young, Univ. of Sussex (United Kingdom)
Chris Chatwin, Univ. of Sussex (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7000:
Optical and Digital Image Processing
Peter Schelkens; Touradj Ebrahimi; Gabriel Cristóbal; Frédéric Truchetet, Editor(s)

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