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In this paper, we propose a novel object tracking algorithm in video sequences. The formulation of the object tracking is based on variational calculus, where an adaptive parametric mixture model is used for object features representation. The tracking is based on matching the object mixture models between successive frames of the sequence by using active contours while adapting the mixture model to varying object appearance changes due to illumination conditions and camera geometry. The implementation of the method is based on level set active contours which allow for automatic topology changes and stable numerical schemes. We validate our approach on examples of object tracking performed on real video sequences.
Date of Conference: 28-30 May 2007