On the Sustained Tracking of Human Motion

Yaser Ajmal Sheikh, Ankur Datta, and Takeo Kanade
8th IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition, September, 2008.


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Abstract
Tracking humans requires consideration of a number of challenges which include articulated motion estimation, self occlusion, and varying appearance. In this paper, we propose an algorithm for sustained tracking of humans, where we combine frame-to-frame articulated motion estimation with a per-frame body detection algorithm. The proposed approach can automatically recover from tracking error and drift. The frame-to-frame motion estimation algorithm replaces traditional dynamic models within a filtering framework. Stable and accurate per-frame motion is estimated via a image-gradient based algorithm that solves a linear constrained least squares system. The per-frame detector learns appearance of different body parts and `sketches' expected gradient maps to detect discriminant pose configurations in images. The resulting online algorithm is computationally efficient and has been widely tested on a large dataset of sequences of drivers in vehicles. It shows stability and sustained accuracy over thousands of frames.

Keywords
Motion Estimation, Human Tracking, Human Detection

Notes
Sponsor: DENSO
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Vision and Autonomous Systems Center

Text Reference
Yaser Ajmal Sheikh, Ankur Datta, and Takeo Kanade, "On the Sustained Tracking of Human Motion," 8th IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition, September, 2008.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Sheikh_2008_6108,
   author = "Yaser Ajmal Sheikh and Ankur Datta and Takeo Kanade",
   title = "On the Sustained Tracking of Human Motion",
   booktitle = "8th IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition",
   month = "September",
   year = "2008",
}