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The aim of this paper is to present an algorithm for multiple object tracking and video summarization in a scene filmed by one or several cameras. We propose a computationally efficient real time human tracking algorithm, which can 1) track objects inside the field of view (FOV) of a camera even in case of occlusions; 2) recognize objects that quit and then return on a camera's FOV; 3) recognize objects passing through different cameras FOV. We propose a simple 1-D appearance model, called vertical feature (VF), view and size invariant, which is stored in a database in order to help object recognition. We combine it with other motion features like position and velocity for real-time tracking. We find the k closest matches of current object and select the one whose predicted position is closest to the current object position. Our algorithm shows good capabilities for objects tracking even with the change of object view angle and also with the partial change of shape. We compare our algorithm with appearance based and motion based algorithms and show the advantage of a combined approach.
Date of Conference: 18-19 Oct. 2010