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Automatic Multi-Player Detection and Tracking in Broadcast Sports Video using Support Vector Machine and Particle Filter

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4 Author(s)
Guangyu Zhu ; Harbin Inst. of Technol. ; Changsheng Xu ; Qingming Huang ; Wen Gao

In this paper, a novel multiple objects detection and tracking approach based on support vector machine and particle filter is proposed to track players in broadcast sports video. Compared with previous work, the contributions of this paper are focused on three aspects. First, an improved particle filter called SVR particle filter is proposed as the player tracker by integrating support vector regression (SVR) into sequential Monte Carlo framework. SVR particle filter enhances the performance of classical particle filter with small sample set and improves the efficiency of tracking system. Second, support vector classification combined with playfield segmentation is employed to automatically detect the players in sports video as the initialization of tracker. Third, a unified framework for automatic object detection and tracking is proposed based on support vector machine and particle filter. The experimental results are encouraging and demonstrate that our approach is effective

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Multimedia and Expo, 2006 IEEE International Conference on

Date of Conference:

9-12 July 2006