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Tracking a dynamic set of feature points

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2 Author(s)
Yi-Sheng Yao ; Comput. Vision Lab., Maryland Univ., College Park, MD, USA ; Chellappa, R.

We address the problems of tracking a set of feature points over a long sequence of monocular images as well as how to include and track new feature points detected in successive frames. Due to the 3-D movement of the camera, different parts of the images exhibit different image motion. Tracking discrete features can therefore be decomposed into several independent and local problems. Accordingly, we propose a localized feature tracking algorithm. The trajectory of each feature point is described by a 2-D kinematic model. Then to track a feature point, an interframe motion estimation scheme is designed to obtain the estimates of interframe motion parameters. Subsequently, using the estimates of motion parameters, corresponding points are identified to subpixel accuracy. Afterwards, the temporal information is processed to facilitate the tracking scheme. Since different feature points are tracked independently, the algorithm is able to handle the image motion arising from general 3-D camera movements. On the other hand, in addition to tracking feature points detected at the beginning, an efficient way to dynamically include new points extracted in subsequent frames is devised so that the information in a sequence is preserved. Experimental results for several image sequences are also reported

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Image Processing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 10 )