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Efficient and robust feature model for visual tracking

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3 Author(s)
Lu Wang ; Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China ; Qing Zhuo ; Wenyuan Wang

Long duration visual tracking of targets is quite challenging for computer vision, because the environments may be cluttered and distracting. Illumination variations and partial occlusions are two main difficulties in real world visual tracking. Existing methods based on hostile appearance information cannot solve these problems effectively. This paper proposes a feature-based dynamic tracking approach that can track objects with partial occlusions and varying illumination. The method represents the tracked object by an invariant feature model. During the tracking, a new pyramid matching algorithm was used to match the object template with the observations to determine the observation likelihood. This matching is quite efficient in calculation and the spatial constraints among these features are also embedded. Instead of complicated optimization methods, the whole model is incorporated into a Bayesian filtering framework. The experiments on real world sequences demonstrate that the method can track objects accurately and robustly even with illumination variations and partial occlusions.

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Tsinghua Science and Technology  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 2 )