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Surveillance of pedestrian bridge traffic using neural networks
Author(s): Steve E. Watkins; R. Joe Stanley; Anand Gopal; Randy H. Moss
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Paper Abstract

A computer-vision monitoring system is demonstrated that automatically detects the presence and location of people. The approach investigated the potential for real-time, automated surveillance and tracking in a realistic environment. Economy was obtained by the use of gray-scale, fixed perspective images and efficiency was obtained by the use of selected object features and a neural-network-processing algorithm. The system was applied to pedestrian traffic on an outdoor bridge and consequently had to handle complex images. Image sequences of single and multiple people were used with differences in clothing, position, lighting, season, etc. A two-stage algorithm was implemented in which (1) new objects were identified in a highly variable scene and (2) the objects were classified with a back-propagation neural network. The image processing techniques included segmentation and filtering and the neural network used fourteen object features as inputs. The implementation had excellent people-discrimination accuracy despite the noise in the images and had low computational complexity with respect to alternative techniques.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 March 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7292, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2009, 72922Q (30 March 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.815523
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Steve E. Watkins, Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology (United States)
R. Joe Stanley, Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology (United States)
Anand Gopal, Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology (United States)
Randy H. Moss, Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7292:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2009
Masayoshi Tomizuka, Editor(s)

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