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Region tracking via level set PDEs without motion computation

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1 Author(s)
Mansouri, A.-R. ; INRS-Telecommun., Montreal, Que., Canada

We propose an approach to region tracking that is derived from a Bayesian formulation. The novelty of the approach is twofold. First, no motion field or motion parameters need to be computed. This removes a major burden since accurate motion computation has been and remains a challenging problem and the quality of region tracking algorithms based on motion critically depends on the computed motion fields and parameters. The second novelty of this approach, is that very little a priori information about the region being tracked is used in the algorithm. In particular, unlike numerous tracking algorithms, no assumption is made on the strength of the intensity edges of the boundary of the region being tracked, nor is its shape assumed to be of a certain parametric form. The problem of region tracking is formulated as a Bayesian estimation problem and the resulting tracking algorithm is expressed as a level set partial differential equation. We present further extensions to this partial differential equation, allowing the possibility of including additional information in the tracking process, such as priors on the region's intensity boundaries and we present the details of the numerical implementation. Very promising experimental results are provided

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Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 7 )