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Segmentation-based object tracking using image warping and Kalman filtering

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3 Author(s)
Yu Huang ; Beckman Inst. for Adv. Sci. & Technol., Illinois Univ., Urbana, IL, USA ; Huang, T.S. ; Niemann, H.

We propose a segmentation-based method of object tracking using image warping and Kalman filtering. The object region is defined to include a group of patches, which are obtained by a watershed algorithm. In a robust M-estimator framework, we estimate dominant motion of the object region. A linear Kalman filter is employed to predict the estimated affine motion parameters based on a second order kinematic model. Image (affine) warping is performed to predict the object region in the next frame. The warping error of each watershed segment (patch) and its rate of overlapping with the predicted region are utilized for classification of watershed segments near the object border. Applications of head and hand tracking using this method demonstrate its performance.

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Image Processing. 2002. Proceedings. 2002 International Conference on  (Volume:3 )

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24-28 June 2002